Harris County Commissioners Rodney Ellis and Adrian Garcia on Tuesday joined Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) Director Roberto Treviño in announcing the first-ever toll rate reduction that will save some customers money during this high inflation period.
“I’m proud to announce that today, under the leadership of HCTRA and the Harris County Commissioners Court, we are cutting toll rates by 10%,” Commissioner Ellis said. “We plan to get this discount implemented by Labor Day of this year and give working people some needed relief.”
The change in HCTRA policy is a significant reduction in the rate cash customers used to pay when they become EZ TAG account holders. Historically, cash customers paid a little bit more than EZ TAG customers.
Additionally, the policy will make EZ TAG free permanently with up to eight free tags per household. The tags now cost $15.00 each.
Commissioner Ellis praised the policy that comes at a time when the price of just about everything is rising and people are feeling the pinch. He stressed that transportation is not a luxury – it’s a necessity.
He said this is the first time in the history of the county’s toll road that officials are approving a toll rate discount for our customers.
“There are people who live in every precinct in Harris County who many times have no choice but to take the toll road to get where they need to go,” Commissioner Ellis said. “This will make it a little bit easier for all of them. This change in policy will reduce barriers to access and make it easier for anyone who wants an EZ-TAG to get one.”