New MoPac Lane Easing Traffic?

November 7, 2016 by Kate Harrington

MoPac drivers now have access to part of one of the new managed toll lanes being built along the north and southbound highway, and according to the organization in charge of the lanes, that one lane is already making a positive impact on traffic flow.

A portion of the northbound MoPac managed toll lane opened on Oct. 15 between RM 2222 and Parmer Lane. The remaining northbound lane and the southbound lane will open in the spring, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTMRA) says.

CTRMA says that it recorded 15,450 transactions in the first week of the new lane’s operations. Tim Reilly, CTRMA’s director of operations, told Community Impact there has been a “significant change in traffic” in the main MoPac lanes where the new toll lane is open. Before the lane opened, traffic had a tendency to back up near Duval and Braker Lane, making for additional congestion on US 183.

“Since we opened this we still have a little bit of a backup at that Duval and Braker area, but it starts out much later and doesn’t last very long at all,” Reilly told Community Impact. “But the backups that were at Capital of Texas [Hwy.] and 183 have basically disappeared.”

The minimum toll rate is $0.25. There is no maximum rate. The toll went as high as $0.53 during its first week.

Have you used the new lane, or noticed a difference in MoPac traffic around the new toll lane? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook Page!

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Written by Kate Harrington

Kate is a former reporter, most recently for the Austin Business Journal, where she covered real estate, economic development and transportation. Since 2010 she has been running Thumbtack Communications. Thumbtack provides writing, editing and marketing services. Before moving to Austin in 2002 Kate lived in her native New England, which she still visits often to escape the Texas heat.