TEXpress Lanes use variable congestion-management pricing to help manage traffic flow and provide faster, more predictable travel. Roadside equipment recalculates real-time prices every 5 minutes, 24 hours a day, aiming to ensure the lanes are moving at 50 mph or faster.
During the first six months following an opening, a fixed variable schedule with higher rates during rush hours will apply. After this period, demand-based congestion-management pricing will be implemented to keep the lanes moving at 50 mph or faster.
Based on real-time traffic conditions and demand in the corridor, TEXpress Lanes toll prices will fluctuate periodically throughout the day to maintain a minimum speed of 50 mph. As traffic levels and demand increase, the toll price changes to keep vehicles moving. Once traffic volumes drop, the price goes down.
Exact toll prices after the first six months of an opening are difficult to predict since they are based on real-time traffic demand. Typical toll prices on each TEXpress toll segment may range from 15 to 35 cents per mile during lighter traffic, and 45 to 75 cents during rush hour.
You pay only the current rate displayed on the pricing sign before entering the TEXpress Lanes or another toll segment, even if the rate changes while you’re driving.
If you don’t have a TollTag, TxTag or EZ TAG, our cameras will photograph your license plate. The North Texas Tollway Authority will then send the vehicle's registered owner a ZipCash bill. ZipCash customers pay approximately 50% to 90% higher toll rates for processing and collection, depending on the corridor.