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Year-long truck discount promotes central Texas tollways


The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will reduce truck tolls on Central Texas roadways for an entire year - April 1 through March 30, 2014 - to encourage truckers to move off I-35 in the Austin area and relieve traffic congestion.
Truck drivers who opt to travel nonstop on SH 130, Segments 1-6, or SH 45SE between Georgetown and Seguin will pay the passenger vehicle (two-axle) toll rate. That's a 67-percent discount for trucks with four axles or more.
This latest discount follows a month-long incentive that ended March 3. During that time, truck traffic on SH 130 and SH 45SE increased about 50 percent over last year. The new discount is subject to approval by the Texas Transportation Commission later this month.
"This is exactly the kind of innovative approach to transportation that we need in Texas right now," said state Sen. Robert Nichols, chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. "I look forward to seeing the results of this pilot and how we might be able to replicate it in other parts of the state."