TEXpress Lanes Will Open to Manage Traffic Congestion
Mar 31, 2014 11:22AM
● By Anonymous
Dallas-Fort Worth residents can breathe a sign of relief as another commuting option is set to open Tuesday, April 1.
The Texas Department of Transportation is opening the TEXpress Lanes on the DFW Connecter as a tool for managing congestion. The lanes are on a 4-mile segment of State Highway 114 from just west of SH 26 to east of International Parkway — near the Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
The TEXpress Lanes will run parallel to fully reconstructed main lanes as well as frontage roads, offering drivers the option to pay a variable toll.
However, the connector will open at zero cost for a temporary introductory period, which will allow the traveling public to try the lines, while providing TxDOT an opportunity to continue testing tolling equipment.
“With thousands of people expected to converge on the Metroplex next weekend for the NCAA Final Four basketball tournament and Duck Commander 500 NASCAR race, we believe this is the perfect time to open this new system for congestion management,” says James Bass, TxDOT Interim Executive Director. “This innovative corridor will provide a choice for commuters driving through this vital east-west route as well as reduce congestion and improve safety.”
Later this spring, the incentive period will change and tolls will be charged. The single-occupancy passenger vehicle rate will range from $0.67 to $1 for the entire segment when using a TollTag from the North Texas Tollway Authority.
In the future, tolls will fluctuate according to traffic volume and speed rates.
The DFW Connector TEXpress Lanes are part of a $1.1 billion project, which reached substantial completion at the end of 2013.