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Eagle Ford: TxDOT extends truck toll discount
AUSTIN -- In an effort to reduce traffic congestion on Interstate 35 and make Central Texas roadways safer, the Texas Department of Transportation has announced it is reducing tolls for an entire year for trucks on S.H. 130 segments 1-6 and S.H. 45SE, as a pilot program, subject to approval by the Texas Transportation Commission.
From April 1, 2013, through March 30, 2014, truck drivers who choose to travel non-stop between Georgetown and Seguin on the S.H. 130 and/or S.H. 45SE toll bypass will pay the passenger vehicle (two-axle) toll rate. That means truck drivers will pay $18 or less on S.H. 130 Segments 1-6 or $11 or less for S.H. 130 Segments 1-4 and S.H. 45E. For trucks with four axles or more, the discount provides more than a 67 percent discount. The toll discount for trucks is extended as an incentive to reduce truck traffic on I-35 through the Austin area.
Funded by the S.H. 130 Concession Co., this newest discount is also valid on the new 41-mile stretch of S.H. 130 from Mustang Ridge to Seguin.
“By getting some of our big rigs off I-35, we are making Central Texas roads safer,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT executive director.
Interstate 35, from S.H. 71 to U.S. 183, is the fourth-most congested roadway in Texas. Last year, families on vacation, commuters traveling to work, and truckers moving shipments experienced more than 4.6 million hours of delay.
TxDOT first offered the truck toll discount from late 2011 to January 2012. During that time, truck toll transactions increased more than 50 percent on both S.H. 130 and S.H. 45SE, and toll transactions for passenger vehicles increased 10 percent for the same period over the previous year. Toll rates on other Austin-area toll roads, including Loop 1, S.H. 45N, 183A, and 290 East will remain unchanged during the upcoming promotion. TxDOT cannot offer this discount permanently since it must repay debt on toll revenues pledged.
For the lowest toll rates throughout the year, get a TxTag by calling 1-888-468-9824, or visiting www.txtag.org.
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