AUSTIN – In an ongoing effort to address traffic congestion, the Texas Department of Transportation will launch Phase 2 of the Truck Toll Discount Program as authorized by the 84th Legislature. The discount program begins tomorrow and gives trucks a break on the cost of tolls when they drive on State Highway 130 (from the I-35 exit in Georgetown to US 183 exit in Buda) and State Highway 45SE. The Phase 2 truck toll discount is expected to run through Aug. 31, 2017.
“By incentivizing truck drivers to use SH 130 during peak hours, we hope to help ease some of the gridlock we see on I-35 through Austin,” said Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director James Bass. “Diverting these trucks will not only benefit the truck drivers, but also commuters on I-35 who will have less traffic to contend with while trying to reach their destinations.”
During this discount period, trucks with a valid TxTag that travel on SH 130/SH 45SE between Georgetown and Buda will pay the standard 2-axle rate and realize a savings of 67 percent. Drivers who switch from Pay By Mail (PBM) to a TxTag could realize a savings of 75 percent. Vehicles without a valid TxTag (regardless of number of axles) will pay the standard 3-axle, PBM rate.
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“Addressing congestion on I-35, one of the most congested corridors in Texas, will take an everything-and-the-kitchen-sink approach,” said Sen. Kirk Watson. “Incentivizing trucks to use SH 130 is one part of that effort.”
“When a tractor trailer has an accident on I-35, the city shuts down,” said Rep. Celia Israel. “Last year was one of the most deadly on Texas highways and my hope is this program will mean a safer experience for those who travel I-35.”
The legislature approved $18.7 million over two years (subject to availability) to provide a toll discount for large trucks traveling on SH 130 and on SH 45SE.
Toll rates on other Austin-area toll roads, including Loop 1, SH 45N, 183A Toll, 290 Toll and SH 130 (from Mustang Ridge to Seguin) are not affected by this program.
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