In an effort to increase
revenue, officials in Orange County, CA, are planning to overhaul the toll
structure for all vehicles driving the county's 67-mile toll-road system.
The pricing plan proposes higher rates during peak travel hours and for those
Under the new toll scheme,
drivers who fail to sign up for FasTrak - an electronic toll-collection system
that automatically deducts tolls from prepaid accounts as drivers pass through
designated lanes - will be forced to pay more to use state routes 73, 133,
241 and 261.
The proposed toll rates
are scheduled to be considered by the Transportation Corridor Agencies board
of directors on Dec. 13. The group oversees the operation of the routes. If
approved, the new rates would go into effect by February 2002, Clare Climaco,
a spokesperson for TCA, told Land Line.
Tolls on the San Joaquin
Hills (73) Toll Road, Catalina View Mainline Toll Plaza will jump from $7.50
for 5-axle trucks to $12; Foothill (241) Toll Road, Tomato Springs Mainline
Toll Plaza will increase from $4.50 to $7; Eastern (133) Toll Road, Orange
Grove Mainline Toll Plaza from $5 to $6; Eastern (133) Toll Road, Windy Ridge
Mainline Toll Plaza from $9 to $10; and Eastern (261) Toll Road, Irvine Ranch
Mainline Toll Plaza from $4 to $5.
The new pricing structure
is estimated to create $4.6 million in additional toll revenue in fiscal year
2003, which will go toward paying the $3.5 billion in bond debt used to fund
toll-road construction and operation, Climaco said.