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Unified toll system to be used at international bridges, Cameron County parks

Drivers crossing international bridges and visiting some county parks will soon have a single toll tag.

Drivers crossing international bridges and visiting some county parks will soon have a single toll tag.

"Instead of getting, five, six, seven different invoices from different entities, you would get one invoice from us," said Pete Sepulveda, director of the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority.

Cameron County commissioners this week voted to introduce a unified toll system after the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority began operating its own tolls on State Highway 550.

"And having our back office operation go live, it gave the county an option of a local vendor," Sepulveda said.

Currently, Cameron County parks and bridges use a third-party company in order to collect tolls. Soon, the regional mobility authority will collect fees using locally operated software and hardware.

The mobility authority says that most commercial trucks originating from Reynosa and Matamoros would benefit from having a single invoice.

Cameron County commissioners not only want to consolidate tolls within Cameron County, but Valley-wide. Commissioners also want toll tag owners to be able to use those toll tags in major cities in Texas, like Dallas and Houston.

"They would be able to use our tag here locally and then if they go beyond the Rio Grande Valley, that tag would be inter-opperable with any other system in the state of Texas," Sepulveda said.

Although there is no specified date, the Veterans, Gateway and Free Trade bridges, and parks like Isla Blanca, Atwood and Thomae Park, would join the unified toll system.

Already the Pharr International Bridge is using the unified toll system.

Next week, the Cameron County Regional Mobility Agency will be speaking with the city of Donna to propose that they, too, use the system.


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