Highway 183A outside of Austin, Texas has become the fourth tollroad in the state to go completely cashless. Eighty percent of users already use an electronic transponder (TXTag, EZ-tag, or Tolltag), and eliminating cash toll booths will save the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority $1 million per year. Those without tags will be billed via mail. The transition will take place in November 2008. 183A joins three other cashless tollroads: the Westpark Tollway in Houston (the nation’s first, opened in 2004), Loop 49 in Tyler, and SH 121 in Dallas.
Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.