drivers will pay higher tolls starting Nov. 1, but truckers will
bear a larger part of the increase than cars.
Harris County Commissioners approved the increase Aug. 26. It applies
to the roads that make up the Harris County Toll Road system, which
includes the Hardy Toll Road and the Sam Houston Tollway.
to the Harris County Toll Road Authority, most car tolls will increase
25 cents. However, a number of truck tolls will increase significantly
Bridge tolls will increase from $4.50 to $6. Ramp tolls now run
between $1 and $2.50; after the increase, they will run from $2
to $4.50 for a five-axle truck. Mainline tolls for big rigs will
go from $3.75 to $5.
addition, while cars will receive a discount on higher tolls for
using EZ Tag, the authority’s electronic toll-collection system,
trucks will not.
Strech, director of the toll road authority, said in a statement
that the higher tolls were directly linked to growth and improvements
in the system.
system has grown dramatically,” he said. “We have almost doubled
the number of lane miles in operation with the 1997 opening of three
new plazas on the Sam Houston Tollway’s south-southeast side; we
now process over 5.6 million transactions weekly systemwide, over
56 percent of which are EZ TAG; and our EZ TAG program now manages
over 1.2 million EZ TAGs representing over 550,000 accounts.”