• Tolls could be 50 cents a mile!
The published toll rate range is 17 cents a mile up to 50 cents a mile
• Tolls will be charged in perpetuity
The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority (RMA), or toll authority, has stated on the record since 2009 that it plans to charge tolls on 281 in perpetuity. So this will be a PERMANENT NEW TAX on driving.
• Toll contracts can limit expansion of free routes
The toll contracts also contain non-compete clauses that penalize or
prohibit the expansion of free alternatives surrounding the tollway to guarantee congestion on free roads and force more Texans to pay tolls.
• Tolls displace traffic onto neighborhood streets
People try to avoid paying tolls, so they find alternate routes to bypass the toll lanes. Studies show tolls displace traffic onto surrounding neighborhood streets and increase accidents and congestion on local streets.
• The numbers don't add up!
A 10-mile stretch of Loop 1604 West is being expanded from 2 to 4 main lanes with 5 overpasses all non-toll right now for $200 million (or $20 million a mile). Yet on 281,
they claim it cannot be expanded without tolls and that the cost for just a 7-mile project is $448 million (or over $60 million a mile). There's $168 million in non-toll funds allocated right now to 281 (which is $24 million/mile). So we can fix 281 with available funds and do it non-toll. Insist they do!
• Don't fall for the 'HOV rides free' argument
In order to get that free ride, you have to be a 'registered' carpool vehicle with an active TollTag account (which costs you money to keep open) and it usually requires at least 3 (not 2) people to be in your car. So just hopping into the HOV/toll lane to take relatives to the airport or to go to lunch with colleagues won't count as a qualified HOV 'free ride.' Moms in minivans shuttling kids to soccer practice also won't qualify either
unless you register in advance and meet the qualifications as a 'registered, declared' carpool vehicle with the government.