ntta Planned Toll Rate Increase Frustrates Commuters

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) — Toll roads across North Texas will see rate increases beginning July 1 as part of the NTTA’s biennial toll rate schedule announced in 2009. The rates will increase by just under a penny per mile, from 15.3 cents to 16.2 cents.

“Every odd numbered year, July 1, there’s a scheduled reset of tolls — 2.75 percent per year,” said NTTA spokesman Michael Rey. “These small incremental increases make sure the toll goes up at a more manageable rate.”

According to the NTTA, the “regularly scheduled increase keeps pace with the rate of inflation associated with building and operating area toll roads.” Funds raised on toll roads are used for maintenance, as well as the NTTA’s safety and service programs.

While the rate increase sounds subtle, many regular commuters say the increase will be noticed over the course of the year.

D.J. Moore of Flower Mound, who travels roughly 60 miles on toll roads each day, can expect an increase of just over $140 in the coming year.

“I’m gonna retire so I don’t have to drive this far anymore.” said Moore.

For Raymond Dwamo of Arlington, 30 miles per day will also represent a significant increase — and increase he believes is completely unnecessary.

“Why is every one of them going up? I believe we have enough money to take care of the tollways.”

Drivers can visit the NTAA website to view roadway maps, see the new rates, and calculate their cost of travel.

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