PLANO (WBAP/KLIF) – The North Texas Tollway Authority will increase toll rates this summer, implementing a biennial toll rate schedule approved by the board. On average, TollTag rates will adjust one penny per mile, from 18 to 19 cents.
Officials with NTTA pledge that ZipCash customers who open a TollTag account prior to July 1 will receive discounted TollTag toll rates and will actually lower their toll road costs. NTTA offers a $20 TollTag and a cash-backed TollTag option, so infrequent toll road users can still get the best toll rates.
“Ideally, every driver would use a cost-saving TollTag to travel NTTA toll roads,” said NTTA Chairman John Mahalik. “A TollTag saves money and is the most convenient way for drivers to travel toll roads throughout Texas, Oklahoma and Kansas.”
Regularly scheduled toll rate increases help NTTA plan and fund transportation choices and meet its financial obligations, including repaying more than $9.25 billion in bonds issued to build area toll roads.
NTTA is in the process of re-investing nearly $2 billion into capital projects, including the construction of additional lanes on the Dallas North Tollway, the President George Bush Turnpike and the Sam Rayburn Tollway, in order to alleviate congestion and provide additional mobility to North Texans.
According to the NTTA, it does not receive taxes to operate and maintain its toll roads. Tolls are a method to recover costs from only those drivers who use the road. Tolls also go toward quality maintenance of existing tollways and NTTA’s safety and service programs.
Crews will be changing toll rate road signs in the coming weeks, and drivers should be alert to workers and give them space. New rates will take effect July 1.
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