"As toll roads proliferate in North Texas, drivers will soon need to be more vigilant."
Dallas Morning News
CURRENT RATES: NTTA has set toll rates on all its roads at 14.5 cents per mile, with an automatic 5.6 percent increase every two years. But as toll roads proliferate in North Texas, drivers will soon need to be more vigilant, as rates will vary.
LBJ FREEWAY: One of the busiest highways in America, LBJ Freeway will be rebuilt in 2011, with completion expected by 2016. When it opens, it will feature a mix of free and paid lanes. Rates on the paid lanes will depend on how busy the free lanes are. Rush-hour rates will likely start at about 50 cents a mile, but could spike to $1 or more if traffic warrants.
SH 161: Rates on this highway, now just partially open, are the same as on other roads. But a proposal floated Thursday could mean that rush-hour drivers would be charged more if traffic assumptions prove too optimistic once it is complete.
SAM RAYBURN TOLLWAY: Rates were higher than elsewhere until the rate increase in September. Now, they are the same. But under the toll agreement with NTTA, rates could increase by as much as 17 percent during rush hour by January 2012.
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