Texas is in the midst of a tolling boom. While public funding for transportation falls far short of the state's needs, Texas is increasingly turning to toll roads and toll lanes to pick up the slack.
This map identifies every toll project currently open to drivers in Texas as well as more than 15 other toll projects in some stage of development. We've classified the projects under three categories: "Open," "Open but unfinished" and "In development." Projects labeled "Open but unfinished" are open to drivers, but still have portions that are in development. Projects that are "In development" can run the gamut from being the focus of environmental impact studies to ones that are under construction and scheduled to open next year.
Drivers in Houston and Dallas have been used to paying tolls to get around more congested routes for more than a decade. In recent years, Austin, Tyler and Laredo have joined the club. Other communities including Fort Worth, El Paso, Brownsville and Hidalgo County have toll projects in different stages of development.
The majority of the toll projects on the map are based on mapping files provided by the Texas Department of Transportation, the North Texas Transportation Authority, the Harris County Toll Road Authority, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, the San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority and the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority.
Additionally, toll projects overseen by the Metropolitan Authority of Harris County, the Camino Real Central Mobility Authority in El Paso and the Texas Department of Transportation were pieced together by hand based on information provided by those agencies.
This story is the first part in a four-part series on the growth of toll roads and lanes around the state. On Friday, we'll have a story looking at why Texas finds itself resorting to tolling so often to build new road projects. A story on Sunday will examine how toll lane projects are poised to spread across the state in the coming years. On Monday, the final story in the series will look at how the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor helped set the stage for a boom in private investment in toll projects in Texas.
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