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Austin (unfortunately) just entered the bad world of toll roads. As an incentive to get people to drive them, TX DOT is offering incentives to sign up for their toll tags at WWW.TXTAG.ORG or by calling 1-888-GoTxTag.

After an introductory period, they will begin charging for the tag itself like Harris County ($15.00) toll authorities do. So if you live in Houston (or Dallas) and have resisted getting a tag, this may be your chance to get a tag for free. You will have to fork over $20 in pre-paid tolls per tag. This $20 is actually half the initial balance that Harris County requires.

When driving toll roads in Austin, you will also get tolls waived until the end of January, then half price in February, then 10% off after that. As far as I can tell, you will get the normal discounts toll tag customers get in Houston or Dallas.

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It seems like the promo codes are going to be used to help charities sell txtag's. See <a target="_new" href="/redirect... (more)

lonestarguy (Dec. 19, 2006 @ 9:30p) |

Wish this had been known to me when I signed up 2 weeks ago. OTOH, I traveled to Frisco a week ago hoping my TxTag would... (more)

retrac (Dec. 20, 2006 @ 12:11a) |

Sleepieone said: <blockquote><hr>The ONLY thing the Austin Tollroad has done is move the congestion from one part to ano... (more)

deallover (Dec. 20, 2006 @ 12:39a) |

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In Dallas, they do not charge any monthly fee for the TollTag.

Also, I think the tolls are discounted by a dime or something
when you use a toll tag and do not pay cash.

The Dallas tolltag is valid state-wide.

What he said.... and the tag is removable. It doesnt get destroyed when removed.

You can thank my father for the George Bush Turnpike, Austin Toll, and soon to be San Antonio Toll Roads.

This is a decent deal for the new Austin toll. Its about time we relieve some of that congestion in Austin.

Not as many people are using the new Austin tollway as I thought. Mopac is still congested around Parmer but maybe it'll improve.

instinet said: [Q]In Dallas, they do not charge any monthly fee for the TollTag.

Also, I think the tolls are discounted by a dime or something
when you use a toll tag and do not pay cash.

The Dallas tolltag is valid state-wide.

And I think Dallas tolltag is free to get too, right? Dallas one just needs $40 pre-paid. But this $40 is per account, not per vehicle; The austin is $20/vehicle. So, if there is only 1 vehicle, Austin one sounds better; For 2+ vehicles, dallas tolltag might be better to start with.

Who's your daddy? <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

amrcel said: [Q]You can thank my father for the George Bush Turnpike, Austin Toll, and soon to be San Antonio Toll Roads.

This is a decent deal for the new Austin toll. Its about time we relieve some of that congestion in Austin.

I'd like to know how this would work if you visit Dallas like 3 times a year. I've found it really inconvenient to keep coins and go through the coin gates each time and wouldn't mind getting this if the amount doesn't expire.

amrcel said: [Q]You can thank my father for the George Bush Turnpike, Austin Toll, and soon to be San Antonio Toll Roads.

"Thanking" is not exactly what I had in mind. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

Smoot said: [Q]amrcel said: [Q]You can thank my father for the George Bush Turnpike, Austin Toll, and soon to be San Antonio Toll Roads.

"Thanking" is not exactly what I had in mind. <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>
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Looks like I will need to get an EZ pass, on the sign up page it asks for a promotion code, anyone have one they can post?

Yes folks tax tax tax your money over and over and over.

121 In dallas was paid for with State Tax money now it is being handed off to private firm and turned into a toll road. From what I am hearing it is Spain and another country that will lease and operate it.


As an American I have stocked up on the morning after pills as each time I go out into this world I get screwed by GW BUSH AND HIS GLOBALIST.

When is enough enough.

Oh and by the way they say it helps rid congestion this is false you now sit on GBush turnpike over 35 just as long as I sat on 35 before. So i have cancelled my tag and am hoping the rest of DFW uses toll roads so 35 is freed up <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>

The ONLY thing the Austin Tollroad has done is move the congestion from one part to another. Still no relief for MOPAC.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

i may be totally wrong but i thought the ez tag in houston was now a one time cost since they are stickers now with microchips rather than the big white block before. then again i could be wrong.

TheKevMaster said: [Q]I'd like to know how this would work if you visit Dallas like 3 times a year. I've found it really inconvenient to keep coins and go through the coin gates each time and wouldn't mind getting this if the amount doesn't expire.i lived in dallas for three years so had a tolltag from then. i still have it sitting around, comes in handy when i need to go back to dallas. becase i hadnt used it for a couple years, they sent me a couple emails saying theyve noticed i hadnt used it in a while and to return it if i didnt need it anymore.

Sleepieone said: [Q]The ONLY thing the Austin Tollroad has done is move the congestion from one part to another. Still no relief for MOPAC.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

Tollroads will save Texas.


[Q]You can thank my father for the George Bush Turnpike, Austin Toll, and soon to be San Antonio Toll Roads

So, your dad's Rick Williamson? Mike Krusee? Phil Russell?

yes

GorgeousMe said:[Q]Looks like I will need to get an EZ pass, on the sign up page it asks for a promotion code, anyone have one they can post?Huh?

retrac said: [Q]GorgeousMe said:[Q]Looks like I will need to get an EZ pass, on the sign up page it asks for a promotion code, anyone have one they can post?Huh?
When I tried to sign up for the EZ Pass, the form had a field for promotion code, I figured if anyone has recently entered this code, we could also use it to get a reduction in the purchase price.

Thanks lonestarguy! Ordered for visiting grandchildren in Frisco using SH121.

It seems like the promo codes are going to be used to help charities sell txtag's. See this article in the Austin Business Journal for info.

Wish this had been known to me when I signed up 2 weeks ago. OTOH, I traveled to Frisco a week ago hoping my TxTag would arrive before traveling. It didn't but I traveled the route thinking I would pay the premium + $1 processing fee. To my surprise after checking online, the discounted toll had been deducted from my account. Pretty cool but at the same time...........???

Sleepieone said: [Q]The ONLY thing the Austin Tollroad has done is move the congestion from one part to another. Still no relief for MOPAC.<img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-happy.gif" border=0>

Biggest problem of Mopac is 2 lanes for like 0.1 mile over the lake around 5th St.
It causes a ripple effect back till Circle C area. Austin has plans to widen the bridge in 2011 <img src="i/expressions/face-icon-small-smile.gif" border=0>
I got an email from city engineer who is in charge of MoPac when I inquired about the bottleneck issue.




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