Montgomery County Toll Road Authority

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Montgomery County Toll Road Authority
Authority overview
FormedNovember 2005 (2005-11)[1]
JurisdictionMontgomery County, Texas
HeadquartersMontgomery County Commissioners Court

The Montgomery County Toll Road Authority (MCTRA), formerly the Montgomery County Transportation Program (MCTP), operates the State Highway 242 (SH 242) Direct Connectors to Interstate 45 (I-45), with the Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) collecting tolls for MCTRA. In future, MCTRA will also operate tolled mainline portions of SH 249 (Tomball Parkway). These toll projects are located inside of Montgomery County, in the U.S. state of Texas.

History[edit]

In 2005, Montgomery County created the Montgomery County Transportation Program (MCTP) to oversee various pass through toll[2], called a shadow toll in other countries, financing projects for the state of Texas, located within Montgomery County.

On August 24, 2006, Montgomery County created the Montgomery County Toll Road Authority (MCTRA) to oversee all future toll road projects, located within Montgomery County.

When the MCTRA began collecting tolls from the tolling facilities, it used the EZ TAG system along with the two Texas interoperable tags used in the state; Texas Department of Transportation's TxTag and the North Texas Tollway Authority's TollTag as well as any other state tags that Texas becomes interoperable with.

Roadway system[edit]

Roads built by the MCTP[edit]

Name Starting location Ending location
FM 1314[a] Fatheree Drive 1 mile (1.6 km) south of SH 242
FM 1484[a] FM 3083 FM 2432
FM 1485[a] Loop 494 Kidd Cemetery Road
FM 1488[a] I-45 FM 2978
FM 1488[a] FM 2978 Mostyn Road
Direct connectors[b] SH 242 W I-45 S
Direct connectors[b] I-45 N SH 242 W

Roads operated by the MCTRA[edit]

Number Length (mi) Length (km) Southern or western terminus Northern or eastern terminus Formed Removed Notes
SH 242 Toll 0.14 0.23 0.1 miles (0.16 km) west of I-45 0.1 miles (0.16 km) south of SH 242 02015-01-012015 current One-way direct connector exit ramp from I-45 northbound onto SH 242 westbound. Opened on May 11, 2015; toll collection began on July 6, 2015. The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) is the collecting agency for the MCTRA.
SH 242 Toll 0.14 0.23 0.1 miles (0.16 km) south of SH 242 0.1 miles (0.16 km) east of I-45 02015-01-012015 current One-way direct connector exit ramp from SH 242 westbound onto I-45 southbound. Opened on May 11, 2015; toll collection began on July 6, 2015. The Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) is the collecting agency for the MCTRA.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e These are pass through financing projects (shadow toll), where the state of Texas is repaying Montgomery County back over time based on number of vehicles that travel these sections of the road each year.
  2. ^ a b These direct connectors are being built by the MCTP but will be operated by the MCTRA.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "What is MCTP?". Montgomery County Transportation Program. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  2. ^ TxDot's Pass-Through Financing Program

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