Lots of people who live in the western part of Dallas-Fort Worth regularly drive on Dallas-area toll roads such as the President George Bush Turnpike and Sam Rayburn Tollway (formerly 121 Tollway). It's gonna cost more to use those roads beginning Sept. 1.
The North Texas Tollway Authority this morning approved a rate increase to 14.5 cents a mile, about three cents a mile more than drivers are currently paying. The increase will help make up for declining revenues on the toll roads, which people are less likely to use during tough times, officials said.
The typical driver will pay about $10 a month extra, tollway officials estimate.
Also, toll rates will increase more gradually every two years without further action, according to the plan approved by an 8-1 vote of the tollway board at its Plano HQ.
The tollway authority is the lead agency of the planned Southwest Parkway toll road, which is about to get under construction in Fort Worth. Once Southwest Parkway is open, the tolls on that road likely will be even higher, perhaps 19.5 cents a mile. Several years ago, Fort Worth officials reached an agreement with tollway officials to build the road with extra amenities to make it look and feel like a parkway.