Frequently Asked Questions

Managed lanes are unique toll lanes added within existing major roadways to provide extra capacity and handle more traffic volume efficiently. Unlike traditional toll roads, they put drivers in charge of their own travel schedules.

Managed lanes provide a faster, more reliable trip by adjusting the toll rate upward and downward based on congestion with the goal of maintaining a minimum speed in the toll lanes. The toll rate is posted, so the driver is aware of the rate before making a choice to use the managed lanes. As demand increases, the toll rate increases in order to maintain a reliable trip speed within the managed lanes.

Managed lanes are a better option than general-purpose lanes because they guarantee the speed of the vehicles in the managed lanes, and therefore carry more cars per hour than general purpose lanes because cars are able to move through the system faster. Managed lanes also offer reliable travel times when getting to your destination on time is important. Finally, if you build additional general purpose lanes in congested urban corridors, more drivers will take the roadway, and congestion will come back quickly. With managed lanes, price controls usage in order to provide a reliable travel time when you need it.

In addition, managed lanes, such as value-priced lanes and high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes, can improve travel time by as much as 75 percent and reduce fuel consumption by 30 percent, according to the National Roads and Motorists Association.

Managed lanes provide drivers a choice to optimize their daily commutes, such as by carpooling or paying a fee (toll) to use designated highway lanes where traffic is moderated by demand.

Managed lanes can also reduce congestion in general-purpose lanes. For example, traffic decreased by 60 percent in non-tolled lanes along the LBJ Express.

The volume of traffic determines the pricing of value-priced managed lanes. Based on the amount of traffic, managed lane operators, such as Cintra, set the pricing in realtime to optimize traffic flow.
High-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes and high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes are types of managed lanes. Managed lanes are a set of lanes separated from general-purpose lanes to help manage traffic congestion. HOV lanes are only for cars carrying more than one passenger whereas HOT lanes allow passenger vehicles that do not meet the HOV requirements to pay a fee to use the lane.
Managed lanes are different than toll roads for one main reason, choice. Managed lanes run alongside existing general-purpose roads. This allows drivers to choose whether they would like to pay a toll for a guaranteed rate of speed or use the general purpose lanes free of charge. Since there are often no general-purpose lanes that run parallel to a toll road, drivers are forced to pay the toll or take a more roundabout route.
Managed lanes are available to drivers across all income levels and allow them to pick and choose when to use the lanes to best fit their needs.

Whether you are trying to get to the airport on time, pick up your kids or a repairman trying to fit in additional service calls, managed lanes provide a reliable trip time that in some cases outweighs the cost.

In fact, according to a study released in 2016, the most common car brands on the TEXpress managed lanes in Dallas are Toyota, Ford, Honda and Chevrolet. Luxury brands made up less than 6 percent of all users of the road. This example illustrates how everyone, not just the wealthy, can enjoy the benefits that managed lanes provide a community.

No, unlike taxes which are mandatory and charged to everyone, a toll is a voluntary fee charged to those who elect to utilize the tolled express lanes. Drivers can choose to pay the fee or they can choose to travel the general purpose lanes for free.

Those who opt into paying the toll receive the valuable benefit of reliable travel time. Those who do not opt to pay, however, still benefit from those drivers in the managed lanes being removed from the general purpose lanes. Also, the revenue collected from the tolls are primarily used to pay for the roadway’s debt, operation and maintenance costs over the life of the concession. So the roadway is paid for by those who take advantage of it.

The first thing you should know is that our managed lane projects generate significant local jobs and economic development opportunities. We pride ourselves on working with small businesses and local contractors to grow the economy. You should also know that we build roads quickly and safely. Our innovative structure allows us to get a road up and running much faster than state and federal governments alone can. Finally, you should know that you will be getting a quality road. Since long-term relationships with the communities we serve are so important, we work especially hard to build and maintain roads that drivers want to use.
Public-private partnerships are critical innovations in transportation infrastructure because there is no such thing as a free road. Road projects can either be financed with tax dollars or with tolls, and public-private partnerships ensure that roads are constructed and maintained far more efficiently than traditional tax dollars allow. Public–private partnerships transfer the risk of future usage of the lanes to the private sector, so if the roadway underperforms, the public is protected.
Public-private partnerships (P3s) are a critical part of building the roads and infrastructure we need today. With limited public resources, P3s bring new streams of capital to build or restore roads, bridges, tunnels and other transportation infrastructure. P3s allow companies like Cintra to take on the design, finance, construction, operation, and maintenance of an infrastructure project, while the public retains control and ownership at all times.

In addition, using the private sector to develop infrastructure projects transfers risk from the public sector to the private sector. It also allows government entities to take full advantage of private sector efficiencies so the projects can be completed sooner. Finally, private sector investment can move projects forward faster, using less government funding, allowing for the delivery of projects years sooner than otherwise possible.

Every P3 arrangement is different, but oftentimes some tax money goes into a project. However, P3s protect taxpayers and communities by transferring the financial risks of projects from the public to the private sector. This also helps taxpayers get more for their money and frees up public funds for other community needs.
In an era of limited public resources, P3s bring new streams of capital to build or restore roads, bridges, tunnels and other transportation infrastructure. P3s allow governments to build critical infrastructure sooner and for less cost to the taxpayer than if they took on the projects on themselves.
Utilizing public-private partnerships save taxpayers millions of dollars every year. P3s do this in two main ways. Every dollar of capital that a private company brings to a project is a dollar that the taxpayer saves.

P3 projects take innovative approaches that decrease construction time and prevent delays. Experience and private sector efficiencies help large-scale projects get completed quickly and affordably.

Public-private partnerships are the perfect solution to complete large-scale infrastructure projects like roads, bridges, and tunnels. P3s are used when governments want to quickly and affordably complete infrastructure projects.