Effective Saturday, June 30, SANDAG will cut tolls for using State Route 125/South Bay Expressway by as much as 40 percent.
Savings for customers enrolled in the FasTrak electronic tolling system will be especially dramatic. New tolls will range from 50 cents to $2.75 for FasTrak users and from $2 to $3.50 for cash and credit card users. Current tolls are 85 cents to $3.85 for FasTrak users and $2.50 to $4 for cash and credit card users.
“We are following through with our promise to taxpayers to lower tolls on South Bay Expressway,” SANDAG Chairman and Encinitas Mayor Jerome Stocks said. “We are optimistic that lower tolls will draw traffic away from nearby congested arterial streets and Interstate 805, improving overall mobility in South Bay.”
The revamped toll structure was approved by the SANDAG Board of Directors on May 25, 2012. SANDAG acquired the lease to operate the toll road in December 2011.
As a public agency whose mission is to improve mobility in the region, SANDAG’s business approach is different from that of the previous toll road operator. The new toll schedule balances toll reductions against generating enough revenue to pay for operations and maintenance, debt service, future improvements, and contingencies.
South Bay Expressway stretches for about 10 miles through eastern Chula Vista from State Route 905 near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to State Route 54 near the Sweetwater Reservoir. To learn more about the toll road, visithttp://www.southbayexpressway.com/.
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is the San Diego region’s primary public planning, transportation, and research agency, providing the public forum for regional policy decisions about growth, transportation planning and construction, environmental management, housing, open space, energy, public safety, and binational topics. SANDAG is governed by a Board of Directors composed of mayors, council members, and supervisors from each of the region’s 18 cities and the county government.