Harris County eases the toll on Houston-area commuters with new EZ Tag charges
As Houston drivers are well aware, paying to simply commute to work, errands, and entertainment can truly take a toll. But a new policy change will soon help ease the burden for countless local motorists.
Local drivers and commuters in Harris County can soon enjoy a new development coming soon. Houston-area EZ TAG users will now receive a discount on tolls from the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA). The change goes into effect starting on Labor Day morning (Monday, September 4).
This fee adjustment follows an initial HCTRA proposal for a10-percent discount in January, as CultureMap news partner ABC13 reported. The changes were then voted into effect by the Harris County Commissioners Court in July. HCTRA officials note in the policy update and announcement that this fee change is an effort by the agency to make using its EZ TAG system more accessible for users.
Now, about those changes. Drivers can look forward to eight free EZ Tag charges per account. All subsequent EZ Tag uses after the first eight will be charged at $2 each.
Additionally, drivers will also receive a 10-percent reduction on any posted toll. Notably, the reduction applies to solely to anyone using an EZ TAG and driving a two-axle vehicle.
More changes: The minimum EZ Tag account balance has been lowered to $10 (down from the original $40) for accounts with one or two cars. Cash-and-carry types can now pay for EZ Tag accounts using cash at any physical EZ Tag store location.
ABC13's Elissa Rivas reports that HCTRA will change signage and launch the new system over Labor Day weekend. She also offers a fun-fact reminder for local travelers: The EZ TAG works throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and even Kansas.