"After hearing plenty of outrage from the public some commissioners are taking a step back..."
June 21, 2007
By Alex Sanz
KHOU-TV 11 News (Houston)
The Harris County Commissioners Court Thursday decided not to implement congested pricing on the Westpark Toll Road, but this will still take effect in other areas.
Initially the idea was to raise rates on the Westpark Tollway from $1 to $2.50.
An official ruling will be made next week.
Although the increase on the Westpark Toll was nixed, the plan to raise toll road fees in other areas will still take effect.
When asked directly about who will decide the implementation of the plan and it’s timeline authority deputy director Peter Key was clear commissioners court.
But after hearing plenty of outrage from the public some commissioners are taking a step back now suggesting they will reconsider the rates before approving an implementation date.
Commissioners Court contacts
(713) 755-4000 County Judge Ed Emmett
(713) 755-6111 Commissioner, Precinct 1 El Franco Lee
(713) 755-6220 Commissioner, Precinct 2 Sylvia R. Garcia
(713) 755-6306 Precinct 3 Steve Radack
(713)755-6444 Precinct 4 Jerry Eversole
There is a nationwide trend toward congestion pricing, whereby toll rates hike when traffic is heaviest.
In a KHOU.com poll only nine-percent of responders said the hike of tolls was a good plan. Eighty percent said no way, and 11 percent said they already avoid the toll roads.
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