Qualified veterans can drive for free on certain toll roads in Central Texas starting Nov. 1

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Starting Thursday, tolls will be waived for qualified veterans who drive on certain toll roads in Central Texas.

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority approved its Qualified Veterans Discount Program in July to waive tolls on Toll 183A, Toll 290 and SH 71 as well as the future US 183 South and SH 45 SW projects when those open in 2020 and 2019, respectively.

Free tolls will be available to qualified veterans through 2021 when the agency will revisit the program.

“I think what we’re doing here is a token of appreciation of what veterans do for our country,” said board member David Armbrust, who is a veteran himself, at the July board meeting.

To participate in the program, veterans must complete a registration form online at www.mobilityauthority.com/veterans. Agency staffers will then confirm the veteran’s eligibility, which includes disabled veterans and Purple Heart, Legion of Valor or Medal of Honor recipients. Eligible veterans may only have one license plate associated with their electronic toll tag.

After confirming eligibility, Director of Operations Tracie Brown said the agency will email the veteran that he or she was approved for the program and provide the veteran with the effective date of free tolls.

As of Oct. 31, Brown said 350 veterans are already enrolled in the program. Another 650 qualified veterans have settled their toll balances to become eligible, she said. In Texas, about 347,000 veterans already have qualified plates, and the Mobility Authority sent letters to abut 25,000 veterans who had previously driven on its facilities to notify them about the new program.

The program is estimated to cost the Mobility Authority about $1 million to $2.5 million per year.

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  1. Hi everyone, I have a question about this program. I currently have dv plates and dont need a Texas tag to use some of the tolls. Since this new program requires a TX tag, If I get one will I be charged for using the other tolls that’s were already covered?

    • Terri Blackmon

      Thank you Mike. My husband is suffering from the effects of Agent Orange and we have been fighting with the VA for compensation. It is difficult for us to get these perks.

    • Craymon A Myers Sr

      Why do I have to apply as I have a Purple Heart Texas plate that also indicates disable veteran on it.

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Amy Denney
Amy has been reporting in community journalism since 2007. She worked in the Chicago suburbs for three years before migrating south and joined Community Impact Newspaper in September 2010. Amy has been editor of the Northwest Austin publication since August 2012 and she is also the transportation beat reporter for the Austin area.
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