TxDOT Offers Truck Toll Promotion this Holiday Season Bypass I-35 congestion in Austin

For Immediate Release 

December 16, 2011

TxDOT Offers Truck Toll Promotion on SH 130, SH 45SE this Holiday Season
Bypass I-35 congestion in Austin for $9 or less


AUSTIN – ‘Tis the season for giving and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has
a great gift in mind – traffic congestion relief on Interstate 35.

This holiday season, TxDOT will reduce tolls for trucks to take the 56-mile State Highway 130
and SH 45SE bypass around Austin. Starting December 21, 2011 through January 4, 2012, all
motorists who choose to avoid traffic congestion through the Austin area and travel nonstop
between Georgetown and Buda on the SH 130/SH 45SE toll bypass will pay the passenger
vehicle (two-axle) toll rate. For trucks with four axles or more, this means a savings of more than
67 percent.

“The department is continuously looking for ways to free up capacity on I-35, and encouraging
trucks and through traffic to use the bypass is one of those ways,” said Phil Wilson, TxDOT
executive director. “We thought the holiday travel season was the perfect time to give this a try.”

I-35, from SH 71 to US 183, is the fourth-most highly congested roadway in Texas. Last year,
families on vacation, commuters traveling to work, and truckers working to get their shipments
to market on-time experienced more than 4.6 million hours of delay. Traditionally, traffic
congestion on I-35 increases approximately five percent during peak holiday travel times,
including Christmas and New Year’s Day. The state-of-the-art network of tollways was built to
offer an alternative to Austin-area traffic congestion, while enhancing safety and connectivity.

“I hope these temporary rates will encourage large trucks and other through traffic to take SH
130 and SH 45SE to bypass Austin-area traffic, resulting in greater travel time savings and less
congestion on I-35,” Wilson said. “Plus, with the newly-set 75 mile-per-hour speed limit, it will
help all motorists get to their destination sooner. It really is a win-win for everybody.”

TxDOT also recommends motorists sign up for a TxTag to pay their tolls. TxTAG makes paying
tolls simple and fast. There's no stopping or slowing down to pay, and drivers pay the lowest toll
rates throughout the state. To open an account, contact the Customer Service Center at 1-888-
468-9824 or sign up online at www.txtag.org. While using an electronic toll tag is the easiest,
least expensive way to pay tolls, Pay By Mail (PBM) is also an option for all users of TxDOT’s
Austin-area toll roads.

Toll rates on other Austin-area toll roads including Loop 1, SH 45N and 183A remain unchanged
during this promotion.

Drivers with electronic toll tags – TxTag, the Dallas/Fort Worth area TollTag and the Houston EZ
TAG – always receive the cheapest toll rates on Austin-area toll roads. Motorists without an
electronic toll tag are welcome to use the toll roads through the PBM option; however, toll rates
are slightly higher to offset the costs related to processing the license plate information. Also, a
$1 fee is applied to each monthly bill for PBM customers.

For more information call TxDOT’s Government & Public Affairs Division at (512) 463-8700.

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