Try toll lanes for free for a week


Motorists who act fast have a chance to do something unusual — drive on toll lanes for free.

Drivers who sign up by 11:59 p.m. Friday may drive on the TEXpress lanes at no cost the week of Dec. 1-7. TEXpress lanes are toll lanes that allow motorists to buy their way out of congestion on several area roadways. TEXpress lanes are available on the North Tarrant Express on Loop 820 and Texas 121 in Northeast Tarrant County, the DFW Connector in Grapevine and the LBJ Express in the north Dallas area.

Travelers who don’t wish to use the toll lanes may still use the main toll-free lanes.

To use the toll lanes for free Dec. 1-7, motorists must first have a TollTag or other electronic device on their vehicle. They may then download a Drive On TEXpress application to their smartphone.

Those who don’t have a smartphone may register on the website.

Participants will also need an email address or mobile phone number, a TollTag or other electronic device number (located on the back of your sticker), a driver license and license plate number. Up to five vehicles may be registered on each account.

Once registration is complete, users may press the green “Discounts” button on the app and the free week will be activated.

Car poolers may also use the app to sign up for use of the TEXpress lanes at a discount.

The promotion is a partnership between the Texas Department of Transportation, which receives funding from the DFW Connector toll lanes, and NTE Mobility Partners, a group of companies that receives toll revenue from the North Tarrant Express. Many of the companies that built the North Tarrant Express, including the U.S. arm of Spanish firm Cintra, will also collect toll revenue on LBJ Express.