May 08, 2009
SH 45 Southeast Now Open
State Highway 45 Southeast is now open to traffic. The new 7.4 mile toll road connects the State Highway 130 toll road at its south end to I-35. Drivers can now avoid traffic congestion through central Austin and travel nonstop from Georgetown to Buda on the SH 130/SH 45 toll bypass. State Highway 45 Southeast will be free for all motorists in May and free for TxTag users in June.
The state-of-the-art network of 70-mile-per-hour tollways is part of the Texas Department of Transportation's long-range plan to keep Central Texans moving into the 21st century by reducing traffic congestion, enhancing safety, boosting the local economy and helping to improve air quality.
May 01, 2009
Camino Colombia Now Open
The Camino Colombia toll road (SH 255) begins near the Colombia-Solidarity International Bridge and stretches 22 miles east to I-35 north of Laredo. With a new electronic tolling system, drivers can enjoy non-stop travel along Camino Colombia and avoid congested I-35 and traffic at the Laredo/Mexico border.
Drivers with a TxTag on their windshield will be able to use the Camino Colombia toll road for free the entire month of May. Starting June 1, 2009, you must have a TxTag to use the Camino Colombia toll road. Drivers will no longer be able to pay with cash or a swipe card at a toll booth. All tolls on Camino Colombia will be collected electronically, and only drivers with a prepaid TxTag account will be allowed to use the toll road.
Current swipe card customers may request a refund of their account balance by calling 1-956-712-7790. Swipe card balances cannot be transferred to a TxTag account. Visit http://caminocolombia.org/ for more information.
April 30, 2008
New SH 130 Segment Open from Hwy 71 to US 183
The newest section of the SH 130 toll road â€“ from Hwy 71 to US 183 in southeast Austin â€“ is now open. You can try it out the month of June for free. Use a TxTag, and you can keep driving on the new segment for free in July and half price in August. With TxTag, there's no stopping or searching for change... just drive on through. To open a TxTag account, contact the TxTag Customer Service Center at 1-888-468-9824 (International: 001-512-874-9998) or Enroll Online.
April 08, 2008
Transfer of SH 121
On April 5, toll operations of SH 121 transfer from the Texas Department of Transportation (Texas Tollways) to the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA). During the transition period, you may receive bills from both Texas Tollways and NTTA because of differences in billing schedules. You will not be billed twice for the same trip. Any unpaid tolls due to Texas Tollways must be paid, and if not paid on time, may be subject to administrative fees and court fines.
Passenger cars will be charged the same toll rates when NTTA assumes operations of SH 121; however, other vehicle classes may see a slight change. Please call 1-877-991-0033 or visit www.ntta.org to obtain toll rates.
April 07, 2008
TxTag Now Available at Toll Plazas in the Austin Area
TxTags are now available at all mainline toll plazas on Loop 1, SH 45, and SH 130. Purchase your tag from a toll booth attendant, and you'll be ready to roll with $20 in pre-paid tolls. Only cash is accepted at toll booths. Call the TxTag Customer Service Center at 1-888-468-9824 (International: 001-512-874-9998) to register your account or to have your new tag added to an existing account.
Getting a TxTag is easy and convenient. Get yours online, by phone, and now at a toll booth. With a TxTag, you'll always pay the lowest rates on toll roads throughout Texas.
December 18, 2007
Pay Invoices to Avoid Fines
Starting Thursday, January 3, 2008 Texas Tollways customers who have an unpaid toll invoice balance 60 days past due will receive a Notice of Toll Violation. The notice will include the cost of the unpaid toll, plus a $5.00 violation fee for each unpaid toll transaction. A toll transaction occurs EACH TIME a driver goes through a tolling point, and separate violation notices will be sent for each unpaid transaction.
Example: A driver without a toll tag travels through two toll plazas and fails to pay. He receives an invoice in the mail for $1.80 for his toll charges ($0.90 for each toll plaza transaction). Not paying the invoice within 60 days will result in two violation notices. Each violation notice will include a $5 violation fee, plus the original $0.90 toll charge. The driver will owe a total of $11.80 for the two violations.
Avoid violations and ensure you always pay the lowest tolls by opening a TxTag account. New customers can open a TxTag account to get instant toll discounts, up to 33% less than what they would have paid without a TxTag account. Call the TxTag Customer Service Center at 1-888-468-9824 (International: 001-512-874-9998) to set up an account within 30 days of an invoice date and we will reduce those tolls to the TxTag rate and waive the $1.00 invoice fee. View Full Release.
September 06, 2007
SH 130 Now Open from US 290 to the Airport
Looking for the quickest way to the airport? Go around Austin, not through it, with the SH 130 toll road. The newest section of the SH 130 toll road from US 290 to HWY 71 is now open and free for everyone until November 1. Now drivers from Georgetown, Round Rock, and north Austin can reach the airport in record time. With TxTag, there's no stopping or searching for change... just drive on through. What's more, on this new section TxTag customers drive free in November and only pay half price during the month of December. To open a TxTag account, contact the TxTag Customer Service Center at 1-888-468-9824 or Enroll Online.
August 03, 2007
Updates to the TxTag License & Use Agreement
Changes have been made to the TxTag License & Use Agreement. An updated version may be viewed at the License & Use Agreement page.
You will see additional information regarding invoices and violations in Section 5 of the Terms and Conditions and in the Schedule of Fees and Charges (Attachment B). You will also find that the administrative fee for violations in collection status has been corrected from $30 to $25 (see Schedule of Fees and Charges--Attachment B).
Please contact the TxTag Customer Service Center at 1-888-468-9824 (International: 001-512-874-9998) if you have any questions.
April 27, 2007
SH 45 Now Open
There's no stopping you now. The final segments of SH 45 are now open, and you can drive on them for free until July 2007. These new segments provide connections to roads in North Austin between FM 620 and the Lakeline Mall area. Now drivers can travel from Leander* to Parmer Lane, Georgetown to Lakeline Mall, and all across North Austin on a state-of-the art road system. The early opening of this section of the Central Texas Turnpike Project (CTTP) provides vital congestion relief and mobility options for the North Austin area, all in a fraction of the completion time required by traditional roadway projects. Travel with TxTag and there's no need to stop. You can travel at highway speeds for the length of your trip. Toll roads are fast. TxTag is faster.
*183A main lanes are open from FM 620 through FM 1431, and toll free access is available to Leander via frontage roads.
October 10, 2006
More of SH 45 North toll road to open early
More congestion relief is on the way for motorists in northwest Travis and Williamson counties. An additional two and a half miles of SH 45 North connecting to RM 620 will be open on November 1. With this additional section, more than 27 miles of the Central Texas Turnpike Project will be open nearly a year ahead of schedule and under budget. The early opening of the Central Texas Turnpike Project (CTTP) now includes the Loop 1 extension from Parmer Lane to SH 45 North, SH 45 North from RM 620 to SH 130 and SH 130 from US 79 to US 290. View Full Release.
September 18, 2006
Austin toll roads will open November 1
In just a few weeks, motorists can enjoy an easier, faster, shorter commute in north Austin and Round Rock instead of their daily crawl through congestion. On Nov. 1, approximately 25 miles of the region's first toll roads will open nearly a year ahead of schedule, the Texas Department of Transportation announced today.
The early opening of the Central Texas Turnpike Project (CTTP) includes the Loop 1 extension from Parmer Lane to SH 45 North, SH 45 North from Loop 1 to SH 130 and SH 130 from US 79 to US 290. View Full Release.