North Texas Tollway Rates Increase Friday

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If you want to get on any of the North Texas tollways, it will cost you more starting Friday.  The North Texas Tollway Authority said for drivers who makes 20 mile roundtrips every day, they’ll see an increase around $35 a year.

Jacqueline Bello relies on theDallas North Tollway for getting to work every day.  Bello recently moved fromHouston to Dallas.

“Right now it is not kind of an issue because I feel like the toll roads in Houston are a lot more expensive, but I am sure I am going to have to make some more changes later,” said Bello.

She said she might have to make those changes as soon as Friday.

“I am going to have to wake up earlier and probably take Coit instead of the toll road, yeah, stuff like that,” Bello told The 33 News.

The 33 News took a sampling of how tollway rates will change starting Friday.  For the Sam Rayburn Tollway between Preston and I-35E, the rate goes up six cents from $1.24 to $1.30 for TollTag users.

On the Dallas North Tollway, the daily commute from Eldorado to Wycliff will go from $4.37 to $4.62 for those with a TollTag.

If you are getting out of town for the Fourth of July weekend and headed to DFW on the George Bush Turnpike, a one-way trip from US 75 to I-635 changes from $2.88 to $3.04 using a TollTag.

NTTA officials said the increases are necessary to help pay the bonds they sell to build the tollways.

“We have to have a regularly scheduled increase so bond holders, the people who buy our bonds know that they can depend on them being good,” said NTTA spokesman Michael Rey.

Rey said there will be another increase in 2013, then another in 2015.

“Our roads are safe, they’re very effective getting to where they’re going, they can save money by having a direct route with less traffic on it, so they find it’s worth the investment for them,” he said.

Kelly Van Boven is constantly on the tollways with her son.

“The zoo, the museum, downtown, running errands, things like that,” said Van Boven.

She said she has no other choice, but next time they move it might be to a toll free part of town.

“When we look at houses we do think about which roads we use the most and how much more a month that would cost us,” said Van Boven.

Van Boven for now will just have to look at the bright side of the rate increase.

“Maybe it’ll make the traffic on the tollway less,” she said.

However, NTTA officials said after previous rate increases, they did not see a significant change in the number of drivers on the road.

The rate increases are scheduled for every odd year on July 1st of those years.


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