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Old 11-09-2017, 09:18 AM   #21
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............. While I always hated paying the toll, I knew that my drive times to all of these places was cut in half, or more, and it was worth the cost........... .
I hear you. I hate the tolls, but sometimes finding an alternate route to avoid them is even worse. The DFW area has numerous toll roads. But they have started to rebuild some roads where they have both free lanes and toll lanes. At least those give you the option of paying for a faster (sometimes much faster) trip with fewer vehicles, or going free along the same highway at a slower pace mixed in heavy traffic.
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Old 11-09-2017, 03:46 PM   #22
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Our goverments should be using our tax dollars to build the roads PERIOD! Someone building a road in the USA other than the goverments should NOT be allowed PERIOD! There should never be a toll on top of the taxes they already collect. That is essentially double taxing us! In addition it is a hassle for out of area drivers who may not know of a reasonable alternative to the toll road. Not to mention the hassle of sending in a toll after the fact which is even worse than the toll booth collected tolls!
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Old 11-09-2017, 06:22 PM   #23
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Correct on Houston and by passing San Antonio is good also - IMO
Is there a toll road in San Antonio?
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Old 11-09-2017, 06:42 PM   #24
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FYI, if you are travelling south/north on I-35 through Austin, TX there is a bypass (TX-130) that is a toll road. To put it bluntly, driving through Austin SUCKS. Without a toll tag it will cost you about $1/mile. With a toll tag it drops to about half of that. I took the bypass one time without a tag and yes it was sticker shock. I requested and got two tags, one for the truck and one for the trailer and the cost is now ~$15 for the bypass. I feel the relief from the stress of driving through Austin is worth the $15.
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Old 11-10-2017, 04:34 PM   #25
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TX-130 is an incredible road. And as said above, if you get a tag in advance, you can save some significant money. I-35 through Austin is so depressing. I think the money I save in gas pays for the toll.
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Old 11-19-2017, 11:16 PM   #26
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Are there any info sites or books that give toll road warnings? By the time we saw the Denver toll road it was too late to look for an alternative? Like he said $37,ouch.
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I think that is the same one we were mailed the toll from a few years ago after going around Denver. I knew the night before that part of our next days route was on a toll but that Sunday morning we never did see a booth, any signs, or a place where you paid. Didn't really think much about it until we got the bill in the mail.
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There's a toll road north of Toronto, Ontario so you can avoid the often busy 401 through the city. It costs about $20 to go for most of it with a regular vehicle. If you take a semi or a truck and trailer, you should have a transponder and if you don't, you get charged a lot of money to take it. So when we don't have the trailer with us, we sometimes take the toll road, but if we have the trailer, we will take another road.
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We traveled from the Chicago area to DC a couple months ago; paid about $125 in tolls in one day. Google maps is now set to avoid tolls, but it has taken on some "scenic" routes.

I avoid E470 when going through Denver; especially with a trailer.
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Our Magellan GPS has a box that can be checked to avoid toll roads, which is nice if you don't want to deal with them. We were on a portion of E-470 a few years ago with our rig in tow, and only went about half way down to our destination on the east side of Denver. With the congestion where we were going, I was very happy to pay the toll instead of fighting the traffic.
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We as tax payers need to stand up and say ENOUGH!!! With us already paying taxes on top of taxes and taxes even on fuel there is absolutely NO REASON for anyone to charge us a TOLL TAX!!!!! PERIOD! It isn't just that there is a toll on some roads. It is that they NEVER take the tolls off of a road once it is initially paid for. Furthermore, it is morally wrong for a state to charge taxes on out of state drivers from states that do not charge their residents tolls when they visit! Then to top it all off there is the "SURPRISE" in the mail tolls and the hassle of having to go to town and buy a money order (I haven't written a check in over a decade and don't even have a check book) then mailing the dang thing in! ENOUGH!
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Jim,

Don't disagree on toll roads but I believe a lot are in place as the only way to get them built. I have seen tolls go away but its rare. There is generally an option to go around the toll roads.
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Old Yesterday, 08:33 PM   #33
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AZ,
Thanks for understanding. Sorry I had to vent on that subject. Excessive taxes really set me off.


I will have to say though that there is no reason they have to collect tolls to build a road and pay for it. They just elect not to use the taxes they already collect on something else! Tolls are a very inefficient way to pay for roadways anyway!
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