TxTag

Milestones

In addition to managing the TxTag program, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)'s Toll Operations Division (TOD)-formerly the Texas Turnpike Authority-operates and maintains toll facilities across the state, including the Central Texas Turnpike System (CTTS), a $3.6 billion project that opened in 2006. The CTTS consists of the following roadways in the Austin area: SH 130, SH 45N, Loop 1, and SH 45SE. TxDOT TOD also operates the Camino Colombia (SH 255) toll road near Laredo and the Grand Parkway (SH 99 Segments D, E, F-1, F-2, G, and I-2) in the Houston metro area. TxDOT has supported in the past and will continue to support the development of toll projects by Regional Mobility Authorities (RMAs) and other entities throughout the state.

1998 The Texas Turnpike Authority (TTA) merges with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), and the TTA Board is created.
2001 The TTA Board is abolished, and the TTA Division begins reporting directly to the Texas Transportation Commission.
2002 The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) is created.
2002 TxDOT begins work on the Central Texas Turnpike System (CTTS), referred to as the Central Texas Turnpike Project during construction.
2004 TxDOT enters into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the North Texas Tollway and Harris County Toll Road authorities, setting the ground rules for interoperability and use of the TxTag logo as the identifier for transponders used for electronic toll collection services among the agencies and for the citizens of the State.
2004 The following RMAs are created: North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NETRMA), Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority (CCRMA), Alamo Regional Mobility Authority (ARMA), and Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority (GCRMA).
2004 TxDOT purchases the Camino Colombia Toll Road (SH 255) and begins managing toll operations.
2005 The Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority is created.
2006 TxDOT opens the first toll roads in the Austin area-a total of 41 miles, including Loop 1, SH 45N, and Segments 1-2 of SH 130 (from I-35 to US 290)-less than four years from the start of construction of the CTTS.
2006 TxDOT launches the TxTag program and within 90 days of the opening of the CTTS, there are more than 200,000 funded TxTags on vehicles.
2006 TxDOT opens SH 121 in Dallas, the first all-electronic, cashless toll road in the country, and implements the Pay By Mail (PBM) program for drivers without toll accounts.
2006 In the same year, TxDOT opens Segment 1 of Loop 49 in Tyler, another all-electronic toll road.
2006 Three interlocal agreements with CTRMA, NETRMA, and the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) are executed to support their facilities.
2007 TxDOT enters into an Interlocal Agreement with HCTRA, North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA), and CTRMA to enhance the 2004 MOU and create a foundation for future tolling entities to join in Texas toll interoperability, making travel between facilities seamless to their customers.
2007 Toll collecting on the CTTS begins in February, and within 120 days toll transactions exceed projections by 63 percent.
2007 CTRMA's 183A toll road opens and TxDOT begins supporting the processing of transactions and violations.
2007 TxDOT opens Segment 3 of SH 130 from US 290 to SH 71 near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport.
2007 TxDOT TTA is awarded the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) Toll Excellence Award for Customer Service.
2007 The TxTag program is recognized with the Davey Award for "Campaign Promotional Branding" and Summit Creative Award for "Austin Dash Statewide" TV spot.
2007 The Sulphur Regional Mobility Authority and Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority are created.
2008 The CTTS is successfully completed ahead of schedule as the final segment of SH 130 from SH 71 to US 183 (Segment 4) opens in April.
2008 TxDOT opens Segment 2 of Loop 49 in Tyler.
2008 The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) assumes responsibility for operating SH 121.
2008 Segment I-2 of the Grand Parkway in the Houston region opens to traffic.
2009 TxDOT transitions Camino Colombia (SH 255) into the first all-electronic toll road on an international border.
2009 Tolling begins on Segment I-2 of the Grand Parkway (SH 99) in Houston, TxDOT's first roadway without cash or Pay By Mail transactions.
2009 TxDOT implements the Toll Violation Recovery Program (TVRP).
2009 SH 45SE opens to traffic and, with SH 130, completes a 55-mile bypass around central Austin.
2010 TxDOT implements Court Program.
2010 TxDOT implements the Camino Colombia Day Pass Program, which provides a convenient way for drivers from the U.S. and Mexico to prepay tolls.
2010 TxDOT TTA is awarded the IBTTA Toll Excellence Award for Toll Operations and the TxTag In-Lane Sales Program.
2011 TxDOT celebrates the five-year anniversary of the CTTS opening.
2011 The TxTag Fleet Program is implemented and the following year is recognized with the IBTTA Toll Excellence Award in Customer Service and TxDOT's Journey Toward Excellence Award.
2011 TxDOT implements a month-long Trucker Incentive Program for SH 130 and SH 45SE (December 21, 2011-January 25, 2012).
2011 TxDOT implements a rate change for SH 130 and SH 45SE that permanently lowers the toll rates for 5-axle and 6-axle vehicles to the rates that 4-axle vehicles are charged.
2012 The Texas Turnpike Authority Division is renamed the Toll Operations Division.
2012 Segments 5 and 3A of Loop 49 open in Tyler.
2012 TOD begins supporting CINTRA and the opening of SH 130 Segments 5 and 6, which extend from the Austin area to I-10 near San Antonio.
2012 TOD implements the Veteran Discount Program that waives tolls on TxDOT roadways for disabled veterans and recipients of the Purple Heart or Legion of Valor.
2012 TOD receives the Mission Zero Award for Best Safety Record in TxDOT history.
2013 Fort Bend Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority (GPTRA) joins TxDOT, HCTRA, NTTA, and CTRMA by becoming a party to Texas' statewide interoperability agreement.
2013 The CTTS is converted to a cashless toll system with tolls no longer collected at toll booths.
2013 TxDOT implements the Trucker Incentive Program on SH 130 and SH 45SE, first as a month-long pilot (February 4, 2013-March 3, 2013) and then for a full year (April 1, 2013-March 30, 2014).
2013 Segment 3B of Loop 49 opens in Tyler.
2013 Segments D and E of the Grand Parkway open, connecting I-10 and US 290 on the west side of Houston.
2013 Texas Senate Bill 1792 authorizes new toll enforcement tools aimed at frequent toll violators, and TOD implements its Habitual Violators Program.
2013 TOD receives its second TxDOT Mission Zero Award for Best Safety Record.
2014 TxDOT transitions to a new back-office vendor.
2014 TxDOT issues its one millionth TxTag.
2014 NETRMA assumes responsibility for operations of Loop 49.
2014 The initial Dallas Fort Worth Connector (DFWC) project opens, doubling the size of the highway system around the north entrance of the DFW International Airport.
2014 TOD receives its third Mission Zero Award for Best Safety Record.
2015 In recognition of federal mandate MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century), TxDOT joins with HCTRA, NTTA, CTRMA, GPTRA, Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, and the Kansas Turnpike Authority to establish the Central United States Interoperability Toll Agencies, working together toward becoming nationally interoperable. This team joined with eastern U.S. tolling agencies from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, and South Carolina to craft the ground rules for national interoperability in the southern United States.
2015 TxTag and CTRMA co-locate at the TxTag Customer Service Center.
2015 TOD's TxTag program receives awards for its "Labor" and "Santa Mechanic" TV spots, including the National Association of Government Communicators Award of Excellence and a Telly Bronze Award.
2016 TxDOT celebrates the 10-year anniversary of the CTTS opening.
2016 Segments F1, F2, and G of the Grand Parkway open, completing 53 miles of the stretch of the Grand Parkway across west and northwest Houston between I-10 and 59N.
2016 TxDOT implements the Truck Toll Discount Program (trucks pay the 3-axle rate) for SH 130 and SH 45SE (April 18, 2016-October 31, 2016).
2016 TxDOT implements the Truck Toll Discount Program (trucks with a toll tag pay the 2-axle rate) for SH 130 and SH 45SE (November 1, 2016-August 31, 2017 or until funds allocated have been depleted).