71 Toll Lane 101
The 71 Toll Lane project utilizes all-electronic, or cashless, tolling. This means drivers will not have to stop—or even slow down to pay their tolls. Drivers have a choice whether or not to use the tolled or non-tolled travel lanes. The same number of taxpayer-funded, non-tolled travel lanes that were available before construction still remain in accordance with state law.
Customers can pay their tolls with a TxTAG, TollTag or EZ TAG, or they can choose to Pay By Mail. Drivers with a tag account get a 25% discount. Pay By Mail customers are billed, using a picture of their license plate, and charged a $1.15 statement fee per bill. TxTag is operated by TxDOT and is available online at www.TxTag.org or by calling 1-888-468-9824.
PRE-PAID ELECTRONIC TAGS - TXTAG, TOLLTAG OR EZTAG:
- The toll is $0.87 for a two-axle vehicle (most vehicles are two axle)
- Up to $3.48 for a five-axle vehicle
PAY BY MAIL – (WITHOUT A TAG):
- The toll is $1.16 for a two-axle vehicle (most vehicles are two axle)
- Up to $4.46 for a five-axle vehicle
How can I access the 71 Toll Lanes?
- Travelers can access the eastbound 71 Toll Lanes near Presidential Blvd. and near FM 973.
- Travelers can access the westbound 71 Toll Lanes near SH 130 and near FM 973.
Why are you adding toll lanes to SH 71? Why is it not being paid for by the gas tax?
First, only the new lanes will be tolled. The same number of taxpayer-funded, non-tolled travel lanes that were available before construction still remain. Drivers have a choice whether to use the new 71 Toll Lane or the adjacent non-tolled mainlanes.
State and federal fuel taxes are the primary funding source for roads and bridges in Texas. However, this funding source has remained static since 1991 even though fuel costs have risen. Because this is an incremental revenue source, decreases in consumer demand due to people driving less and/or driving more fuel efficient vehicles, also impact revenue generation through the fuel tax. When you factor in the state’s significant population growth and demand on our infrastructure, funding has not kept pace with demand. Tolling is a user-based fee that is considered as an alternative funding mechanism to make needed infrastructure projects viable for our region. Also, toll financing helps us pay for added improvements like the project’s new bicycle and pedestrian facilities along the corridor.
How many times will I have to pay a toll on the 71 Toll Lane Project?
There is a single tolling point in each direction near the intersection of FM 973.
What if I don’t want to use the toll road?
The same number of taxpayer-funded, non-tolled travel lanes that were available before construction still remain in accordance with state law. SH 71 has one toll lane in each direction and three non-tolled lanes in each direction. Drivers have a choice of which lanes to use.
How do I pay my tolls?
The 71 Toll Lane project utilizes all electronic, or cashless, tolling. This means drivers do not have to stop--or even slow down--to pay tolls. Drivers can pay through their tag account (TxTag, TollTag, or , EZ Tag), or through the Pay By Mail program. Drivers with a tag account save 25% over Pay By Mail rates.
Depending on which toll roads you use, you may be issued toll bills from separate operating agencies.
Where do I get a TxTag?
- Online – Access the TxDOT website Txtag.org to create your account
- By Phone – Call the TxTag Customer Service Center at (888) 468-9824, Monday—Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- In Person – At the TxTag Customer Service Center, 12719 Burnet Rd. Austin, TX 78727 during business hours (Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. or Tuesday – Thursday 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.).
What is Pay By Mail?
Equipment on the toll road will take a picture of your vehicle license plate and that information is used to identify the registered owner of the vehicle. A toll bill is then sent to the registered owner’s address. Toll rates for Pay By Mail customers are higher than for drivers with a TxTag to offset the cost of processing license plate information and mailing the toll bill. In addition, each Pay By Mail toll bill comes with a $1.15 processing charge.
Customers are encouraged to visit our Pay By Mail website, PayTexasToll.com to assist with questions related to your 183A, 290 Toll, MoPac Express Lane, and 71 Toll Lane toll bill / notice of toll violation, and with payment processing. There are multiple ways to pay your toll - send payment via mail, pay online by visiting Paytexastoll.com or call 1-888-811-4565.
Can I ride on the 71 Toll Lane using another tolling facility’s tag?
Most toll tags issued in Texas can be used to pay the toll on the 71 Toll Lanes, as long as your account is in good financial standing, your license plate is registered on your account, and your toll tag is mounted properly on your vehicle. The following are Texas toll tags that you can use: TxTag, NTTA TollTag, and HCTRA's EZ TAG.
Which types of vehicles are exempt from paying tolls on roads operated by the Mobility Authority?
On the toll roads operated by the Mobility Authority, including the 71 Toll Lane, the following types of vehicles can drive toll-free on the toll lanes:
- Emergency responders
- State and federal military vehicles
- Public transit buses
- Capital Metro registered carpools and vanpools
- MetroAccess vehicles
Who is the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority?
The Mobility Authority is an independent government agency created in 2002 to improve the regional transportation system in Williamson and Travis counties. We are charged to sustain and improve overall quality of life by implementing smart and innovative transportation options that keep Central Texas moving. The Mobility Authority owns, operates, and maintains the 183A and 290 toll roads, and is constructing Express Lanes on MoPac as well as building the 183 South Project in east Austin. The Mobility Authority will own, operate, and maintain the 71 Toll Lanes when complete. Learn more at www.MobilityAuthority.com.