The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) says it will increase toll rates effective July 1.
TollTag rates will increase an average of one cent per mile — from 20 to 21 cents.
ZipCash (pay-by-mail) rates will be double the TollTag rate, starting July 1, NTTA said in a news release.
“Increasing the ZipCash toll rate helps offset the rising cost to collect tolls and the risk associated with the uncertainty of receiving payment from ZipCash users who choose not to have a TollTag,” NTTA said.
The change also helps provide fairness among drivers who use NTTA toll roads, the tollway authority said.
“The best option for every driver is to open a TollTag account to receive the lowest rate on toll roads,” NTTA Board Chairman Marcus Knight said.
“This increase in toll rates will help NTTA repay $9.5 billion borrowed to construct our system of safe, clean and convenient toll roads. The rate increase also helps fund our capital plan, including the current expansion of the Dallas North Tollway,” he added.
TollTag accounts have no monthly fee, and the TollTag is free, Knight said. All account funds go toward tolls and do not expire.
“NTTA offers $20 and $40 prepaid accounts, as well as a cash-backed TollTag option,” the news release said.
Beginning July 1, NTTA will launch a pilot program for a $10 prepaid TollTag account for drivers who may not use toll roads frequently.
Crews will be updating toll rate road signs in the coming weeks, NTTA said.