Toll roads at Loop-375 will be open soon
POSTED: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 5:27pm
UPDATED: Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 6:05pm
EL PASO (KTSM) — A new toll lane at Loop-375 is only weeks away from opening and authorities want drivers to understand how the new system works.
Construction on the new lanes is almost complete and as the date approaches some residents said they have many questions and doubts about its implementation.
Officials said there's two ways of using it.
"The transponder you'll get on the mail and you will place it on your windshield as you drive through that transponder it's actually tied to an account with us and it's like a prepaid phone. If you don't have a transponder then you can still use the roadway but what we'll do is that we will take a picture of your license plate and send you a bill in the mail," Camino Real Mobility Executive Director Raymond L. Telles said.
According to Telles there will be no toll booths and users will be able to save money by purchasing a pass ahead of time. If you choose to be billed later it'll cost you more.
"We can't afford it but its good because you go faster it depends how much they're going to charge us," El Paso lower valley resident Lucy Castor said.
"It's a bad idea the road is in good condition but that's why we pay taxes we shouldn't have to pay more for that," resident Vicente Alarcon said.
Foreign drivers with Chihuahua or New Mexico license plates will be able to participate by enrolling.
However repeat offenders from Chihuahua who don't pay the toll could be fined the next time they visit El Paso.
"We are actually providing equipment so that our toll system is linked up to the system the city has at the international bridges and the point of that is to identify toll violators that are using the international bridges," Telles added.
Telles said the plan's objective is to reduce traffic in all city roads and to offer a better option for those who struggle through morning traffic like lower valley resident Maria Bustillos.
"During the morning rush it would be better for me so you know I don't have to be running in all the lights and school zoning," Bustillos said.
The toll road will cost residents anywhere from 10 to 12 cents a mile depending on the time of day. No exact date has been set for the opening of the toll road.
If you want information on how to register call the Camino Real Mobility at 915-541-4986.