Truckers get a discount on Austin toll road through March 3

By David Tanner, Land Line associate editor | 2/1/2013

For the next month starting Monday, Feb. 4, trucks with four axles or more will get a 67 percent discount to use the State Highway 130 toll road in Austin, TX. Officials tried the same thing a year ago to get trucks off of a congested Interstate 35. The plan worked, drawing 49 percent more trucks onto the tolled alternative for the trial period.

The Texas Transportation Commission, part of TxDOT, voted Thursday to discount truck tolls to the same rate that cars pay – about $11 – to run the SH 130 between Georgetown and Buda from Feb. 4 through March 3.

The agency says it cannot make the toll discounts permanent because it must still make bond payments to pay off construction costs.

A decision to use a toll road typically boils down to economics for a trucker or trucking company. As Land Line has reported in the past, studies have shown that trucks will divert to secondary, non-tolled alternatives if the tolls are too high, and many return if offered a lower rate.

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