Fresh off its registration-blocking, car-impounding victory in the state legislature this month, the North Texas Tollway Authority is hiking the cost of driving on its roads.
The agency announced this morning that toll rates are increasing by slightly less than a penny per mile come July 1, from 15.3 cents to 16.2 cents.
The agency's press release takes pains to stress what a slight increase this represents and that the increase was approved way back in 2009, when the NTTA announced a biennial adjustment of toll rates. It would also like to remind you that it does not use tax dollars, relying instead on tolls that "go directly toward quality maintenance of existing tollways and the NTTA's safety and service programs."
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Still, those pennies add up for commuters who drive the tollway every day. Those driving the entire, 32-mile length of the Dallas North Tollway two times every weekday will pay an extra 50 cents or so per day, about $2.50 extra per week, and more than $100 per year. These things add up.