Montgomery County Toll Road Authority
|Jurisdiction||Montgomery County, Texas|
|Headquarters||Montgomery 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.
In 2005, Montgomery County created the Montgomery County Transportation Program (MCTP) to oversee various pass through toll, 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.
Roads built by the MCTP
|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
|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||2015||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||2015||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.|
- 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.
- These direct connectors are being built by the MCTP but will be operated by the MCTRA.