AUSTIN (March 14, 2013)--Area truck drivers will begin getting a toll road rate decrease in April that will last for an entire year.
Truck drivers who travel non-stop between Georgetown and Seguin on the SH 130 or 45SE toll bypass will pay the passenger vehicle toll rate, which means a savings of as much as $18 on SH 130 segments 1-6 and as much as $11 on SH 130 segments 1-4 and SH 45E.
For trucks with four or more axles, that’s a 67 percent discount.
The discount is funded by the SH 130 Concession Company and is meant to detour truck drivers from I-35 to the toll roads to offer them a faster route and cut back on I-35 truck congestion.
"This is a win for taxpayers and drivers in Central Texas. First, truckers get the opportunity to use a high-speed alternative around Austin, and second, the discount does not cost taxpayers a dime," Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Ted Houghton said.
The discount is also valid on a new 41-mile stretch of SH 130 from Mustang Ridge to Seguin.
Other Austin-area toll roads will go unchanged during the promotion that is set to be in effect until March 30, 2014.
It begins April 1 of this year.
TxDOT says it cannot offer the discount permanently because it must repay debt on all toll revenues pledged.
Some roads in Dallas and Houston will also be discounted for truck drivers, a TxDOT spokesperson said.