Department of Transportation Begins Pilot Program
Any time a semi-truck stops and starts at a traffic light or takes a wide corner, there are significant dangers to cars, motorcycles and pedestrians alike. Trailer trucks are essential, but they take up the roadway, impeding passenger vehicles that are more nimble.
In February and March of 2013, the Texas Department of Transportation will begin a pilot program, similar to one done last year, that they hope will lure trucks onto the toll roads and away from highway and service street traffic. As an incentive, they are offering a substantial toll discount for trucks. Last year the pilot program had as much as a 49% increase in truck traffic on toll ways.
This should translate into safer local roads and highways-- especially during rush hours.
However, some of the danger will transfer to the toll roads. Semi-trucks can weigh 40,000 to 80,000 pounds fully loaded. It takes as much as one-third longer for trucks to stop than the average car. Please remember to be safe on the roadway.