• Triangle Expressway in North Carolina

  • State Route 91 in California: Pylon Separators Between Express Toll Lanes and General Purpose Lanes

  • I-85 in Georgia: Rumble Strips to Separate Express Toll Lanes and General Purpose Lanes

  • I-15 in California: Concrete Barriers to Separate Express Toll Lanes and General Purpose Lanes

  • I-15 in Utah: Double White Lines to Separate Express Toll Lanes and General Purpose Lanes

What is the Triangle Strategic Tolling Study?

The Triangle Region is one of the fastest growing in the country. This growth creates ongoing challenges for how we plan land use, transportation facilities, and resource investments. To help ensure our continued competitiveness and the efficient movement of people and goods to and through our region, the Region is undertaking a study to better define how tolling and express toll lanes would fit into a sustainable transportation system.

Study Purpose

Develop a toll road and/or express toll lane strategy and implementation plan outlining the purpose for, and ways to use, toll roads and/or express toll lane concepts to address current and future highway congestion, capacity, and funding deficiencies in the Triangle region.

No specific decisions will be made through this study; however, this study will:

  • Evaluate technology, operational structures, and performance measures to evaluate future tolling decisions.
  • Analyze impacts of tolling options on the regional multi-modal transportation network.
  • Identify financing options and partnering mechanisms for funding toll roads and/or express toll lanes infrastructure and operations.

The results of the study will be used to identify the feasibility of and need for using toll roads and/or express toll lanes strategies to achieve regional objectives in the Metropolitan Transportation Plan.

Regional Collaboration

The Triangle’s governmental agencies are working together to enhance freeway reliability, reduce congestion, and improve regional mobility through self-sustaining and equitable funding mechanisms.

Agencies Involved:

  • Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Agency (CAMPO)
  • Durham Chapel Hill Carrboro Metropolitan Planning Organization (DCHC MPO)
  • North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT)
  • North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) — serving as a study resource

This study will determine the feasibility, desirability, and potentially, the necessity of using tolling and traffic management concepts to achieve regional objectives associated with the Metropolitan Transportation Plan (the region’s transportation plan that defines projects to be implemented over the next 20 years).

Public Involvement will focus on:

  • Sharing information with the community about toll roads and/or express toll lane concepts
  • Gathering feedback from key stakeholder groups and individuals throughout the region

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Learn more about express toll lanes from projects implemented in other areas:

Open Road Tolling by NC Turnpike Authority How to Use Express Lanes by Colorado DOT