What are express lanes?
183 North Express Lanes: The Mobility Authority is building two tolled lanes in each direction along US 183 between SH 45 and MoPac.
Express lanes are special lanes that are separated from the general-purpose lanes and designed to remain congestion-free. They utilize variable toll pricing to manage the amount of traffic in the lanes. This is accomplished by increasing the toll when traffic is heavy and lowering it when traffic is light. Variable toll pricing is intended to keep traffic in the express lanes moving, giving drivers who choose to use the express lanes a faster and more reliable trip. Public transit buses, emergency responders, Capital Metro registered carpools and vanpools, MetroAccess vehicles, and state and federal military vehicles may always use the express lanes without paying a toll.
Tolls will be collected electronically from drivers with a TxTag, TollTag or EZ-Tag. Drivers who don’t have a tag account will still be able to use the tolled lanes and will be billed through the Pay By Mail program. Cameras will capture a photo of the vehicle’s license plate and a toll bill will be mailed to the car’s registered owner. Drivers who pay with a TxTag, TollTag, or EZ Tag receive a toll discount of 33 percent.
Mobility Authority Roads
The Mobility Authority’s current system of roadway projects are designed to bring you faster, safer and more reliable drive times throughout Central Texas.
Use of the 183 Express Lanes will be optional. The Mobility Authority is also reconstructing the non-tolled US 183 general-purpose lanes, and in some areas of the corridor adding additional lanes to create four continuous general-purpose lanes in each direction where only three exist today. Drivers will always have the option to use these non-tolled general-purpose lanes.