Tolls are a direct fee paid for the use, operation and maintenance of a roadway.
Tolls are helping North Texas bridge the funding gap between transportation needs and available resources.
Toll road users benefit from a higher level of service, including better maintenance, which translates into improved driving conditions and vehicle maintenance cost savings.
How are toll rates determined?
Using an equitable influence-distance-based tolling system, the rates are closely aligned to the miles driven. Small incremental rate increases are reset in odd numbered years on July 1.
Rates are on average 17.06 cents per mile as of July 1, 2015
Are the rates based on the actual distances traveled?
NTTA’s toll roads do not use a controlled access system where you receive a ticket as you enter and exit the roads. Rather, NTTA uses influence distance‐based tolling, which makes calculated determinations about how far a driver travels.
Why do we need toll roads?
To meet the transportation needs of North Texas, NTTA has been asked to step up and, in essence, fill the gap where state (gas tax) funds are not available. NTTA does this through the ongoing collection of tolls. The Texas Legislature and regional transportation official rely on toll roads as a way to advance much needed mobility projects.
There’s another benefit: toll roads fuel economic development to surrounding communities. The communities in which toll roads are located benefit from new business development and neighborhoods that spring up along and near NTTA toll roads, such as the Toyota and the Dallas Cowboys headquarters near the Dallas North Tollway/Sam Rayburn Toll interchange and the State Farm and Raytheon headquarters near the George Bush Turnpike/U.S. 75 interchange..
Why charge a toll when I pay gas taxes to build and maintain roads?
Gas taxes, vehicle registration fees and other taxes support TxDOT projects, not NTTA tollways. NTTA tollways are funded largely through the sale of bonds that are repaid by collecting tolls from motorists who use the road.
NTTA uses tolls, not tax dollars, to maintain and operate the roads we build. Tolls are fees paid for driving on the toll road and go directly toward high-quality maintenance of existing tollways, construction of new roads, and NTTA’s customer service and safety programs. This means a quicker, safer travel experience with less wear and tear on the vehicle and a more reliable commute across town.
Is there an advantage of having a TollTag instead of using ZipCash?
There are many advantages to having a TollTag. TollTags may be used on any toll road in Texas, including area TEXpress Lanes. Accounts opened with a credit or debit card also may be used for parking or pass-through at DFW International and Dallas Love Field airports.
The $20 Starter TollTag has most of the benefits of a standard TollTag at a lower start-up cost. Now, even if you only drive on NTTA toll roads once in a while, you can have all the convenience and the lower toll rates of a TollTag.
How does a TollTag account work?
Accounts can be opened with either a $20 or $40 pre-paid balance using cash, check or credit/debit card. NTTA deducts the exact toll amounts from your account each time your TollTag passes through an operating toll lane. When the account reaches $10 (or $5 with a $20 Starter TollTag), your account will be debited $40 (or $20) (credit/debit card-backed accounts only), or you will receive a notice (check- or cash-backed accounts).
Save time and money with a TollTag and receive the following value over the ZipCash pay-by-mail option:
- The lowest toll rates – ZipCash customers pay 50 percent higher rates
- Easy online account access – check your balance, print receipts and update your information
- No bills, no hassles – avoid monthly ZipCash bills and potential administrative fees
- Convenient payment for parking at Dallas Love Field airport
- Automatic payment on any toll road in Texas and Oklahoma
- No additional charge for up to three TollTags on a single account
How do I get a TollTag?