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Texas I-30 HOV lanes at Arlington, Dallas to be replaced by tolls

The I-30 HOV lanes were closed in July to allow the Texas Department of Transportation to begin some two years of construction on the lanes, which go from west of Fielder Road in Arlington to Sylvan Avenue near downtown Dallas.

The Trucker News Services

9/27/2013

The Texas Transportation Commission agreed Thursday to replace the I-30 high-occupancy lanes in Arlington and Dallas with toll lanes, the Star Telegram reported.

However, the toll lanes — scheduled to open in 2015 — will have “variable pricing,” with rates changing according to the amount of congestion.

The I-30 HOV lanes were closed in July to allow the Texas Department of Transportation to begin some two years of construction on the lanes, which go from west of Fielder Road in Arlington to Sylvan Avenue near downtown Dallas.

Tolls will be collected electronically so vehicles without “TollTags” will have their license plates photographed and their owners billed in the mail.

Single-occupant vehicles will be charged the full toll, although the exact amount hasn’t been released. During peak travel periods vehicles with two or more occupants will be charged only half-price to encourage car-pooling.

The I-30 corridor has been designated a variable pricing pilot project by the Federal Highway Administration.

Motorists will have limited opportunities to get on the TEXPress lanes: entries and exits will be at Belt Line Road and MacArthur Boulevard and Cockrell Hill and Westmoreland roads.

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