"Local elected officials who set regional transportation policy have been urging the NTTA to adopt a more aggressive toll rate policy."
August 17, 2007
By MICHAEL A. LINDENBERGER
The Dallas Morning News
Driving without a toll tag is going to get more expensive for NTTA motorists beginning Sept. 29.
Rates vary across the Dallas area, but beginning next month, customers with a tag will pay a dime more than they do now at main lane plazas, while cash customers will pay a quarter more.
“Now is the time to get one,” said Rick Herrington of the NTTA. “Cash customers will pay 40 percent more than toll tag customers.”
The rate increase, which was approved by the NTTA board in November, comes just as the authority has begun a three-year transition to all-electronic toll collections.
More rate increases are likely, as local elected officials who set regional transportation policy have been urging the NTTA to adopt a more aggressive toll rate policy. The new State Highway 121 toll road, for instance, will open in 2010 with rates set about 14 cents a mile, and will increase every two years. The Regional Transportation Council has encouraged the NTTA to consider adopting that policy for all or most of its toll roads.
Despite the Sept. 29 increase, rates for the Mountain Creek Lake Bridge and the Addision Airport Toll Tunnel will stay at 50 cents.
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