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From Texas Standard:

In an attempt to manage the growing congestion on Texas highways, and corresponding rates of frustration for drivers, the Texas Department of Transportation, or TxDOT, has been implementing what could be called  a market-driven approach to driving. Rather than spend more state dollars on highway-building, Texas has turned to the private sector, which has built toll roads where the cost to drivers fluctuates with traffic demand.

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The Trinity River is a relatively narrow, usually calm waterway that meanders past the western edge of downtown. It wasn’t a particularly popular recreation spot when Angela Hunt biked there one evening more than a decade ago.

Trinity Parkway Design Charette Report

The plan to build a toll road next to the Trinity River in downtown Dallas appears to be near death.

The Dallas City Council spent hours Wednesday talking about the road and the park that's been proposed in the river basin. Council members will vote on killing the parkway next week.

Texans Fear Trump's Highways Plan Will Create More Toll Roads

Nov 25, 2016
Shelby Knowles

Part of president-elect Donald Trump’s promise to create new jobs for Americans relies on a “deficit-neutral plan” to spend $1 trillion on public works projects, including hundreds of billions for roads and rail.

But the strategy could result in something many Texans aren’t going to like: more toll roads.

“Unfortunately that’s the way I’ve read it,” said state Sen. Don Huffines, R-Dallas, vice chair of the Texas Senate transportation committee.

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Seven propositions to amend the Texas Constitution are on the ballot this election. Proposition 7 would increase funding for roads by about $2.5 billion.

Texas Lawmakers Call For End To Toll Roads At Capitol Rally

Mar 23, 2015
Marjorie Kamys Cotera / Texas Tribune

With more than 50 supporters behind them cheering and waving signs that read “Toll Free Texas” and “Hands Off Our Freeways,” Republican lawmakers on Monday called for an end to the state’s heavy use of toll roads and toll lanes and returning Texas transportation to a pay-as-you-go system.

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In addition to the many candidates on the Nov. 4 ballot, Texans are voting on a constitutional amendment known as Proposition 1. If it passes, a portion of oil and gas tax money flowing into the state’s rainy day savings account will be used for transportation.

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KERA and its media partners  -- The Dallas Morning News and KXAS-TV (NBC 5) -- continue Five Days in October, a week-long report about issues the governor's race. Today, we look at how Republican Greg Abbott and Democrat Wendy Davis would address the state's growing need for infrastructure. That includes toll roads and the role they should play in relieving traffic congestion.

State Invites More Toll Roads Despite Signs Of Resistance

Sep 19, 2014
Charlie Pierce / The Texas Tribune

Even as billions of dollars in toll road projects are in various stages of development across Texas, state leaders say their home is still a hot spot for new toll projects.

Company Wants To Build A Totally Private Toll Road In North Texas

Jun 13, 2014
Cooper Neill/Texas Tribune

In an area northeast of Dallas, a company hopes to build a road unlike any other in Texas. The Texas Turnpike Corporation has proposed a toll road connecting Greenville and Wylie.

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The North Texas Tollway Authority did it in our part of the state.  Now the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) has published a list of drivers who have repeatedly driven on the state’s toll roads without paying.

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The North Texas Tollway Authority is offering a new “starter” TollTag with a deposit of $20. 

That’s half the amount of the current tag which requires a driver to deposit $4o. 

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You’re paying more to drive on the North Texas toll roads.  Rates went up nearly a penny a mile today to 16.2 cents, or about 5.5 percent. Here's a look at exactly how much drivers will pay on four key commutes. 

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Thousands of North Texas drivers could have their vehicles impounded or their registration blocked under Senate Bill 1792, legislation Governor Perry is expected to sign.

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North Texas drivers who’ve repeatedly refuse to pay toll road fines may soon find themselves in court. And the North Texas Tollway Authority plans to crack down further at the end of the month.

Dallas County reports two more West Nile virus deaths. That brings the total to five this year, surpassing the 2006 record of four deaths. 

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The North Texas Tollway Authority followed through on its promise to post a list of the top toll scofflaws online, including 22 who each owe more than $100,000.

Michael Rey with the NTTA says the list is its final push to collect past-due tolls, in hopes of avoiding litigation.

Michael Rey:  “Even though you tossed that bill or ignored that bill, it’s not gone away, it’s still out there. Please re-contact us and let’s get it taken care of. Neither side wants to go the route of civil lawsuits.”

The list is comprised of more than 25,000 names.

Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings is backing the Trinity Parkway, the proposed toll road between the river levees. The Mayor asked four questions before making his decision.