The Texas Transportation Commission is honoring veterans when it comes to toll roads in Texas. The men and women who have sacrificed and protected American freedom will now be able to have their fees waived when traveling on several toll roads in Texas. Veterans who will benefit from waived fees are those who have earned the Purple Heart or the Congressional Medal of Honor. The Texas Transportation Commission has also decided to waive toll fees for veterans who are disabled.
In the Austin area, veterans can have toll fees waived on Loop 1, SH 45 North, SH 45 Southeast and SH 130 (Segments 1-4). The Transportation Commission stated there are just over 7,300 specialty license plates (Purple Heart and Congressional Medal of Honor recipients) registered in Hays, Travis and Williamson counties where these central Texas tolls roads are located.
The Camino Colombia (SH 255) around Laredo and Loop 49 in Tyler will also waive toll fees for veterans. Texas Governor Rick Perry stated “Our veterans are motivated by a higher calling that is rooted in the fundamental values of our nation. In Texas, we understand and appreciate the sacrifices the men and women of our armed forces make in defense of our freedom, and we consider it an honor to support them.”
“We are able to celebrate our freedom each and every day due to the unwavering sacrifice of our military’s brave men and women, so making it a bit easier for them to move through our great state is the least we can do. We thank Texas veterans for their service and hope the free use of our toll roads recognizes the price they paid for our freedom,” said Phil Watson, the Executive Director of TxDOT. The program is expected to be fully implemented for qualified veterans by January 2013. Veterans will need to contact the Texas Transportation Commission or TxDOT for further details and qualifications.