SH 130

Texas
9:49 am
Fri May 31, 2013

How SH 130's Credit Downgrade Could Actually Help Austin Drivers

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Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 2:23 pm

The 85 mile-per-hour toll road that connects Austin with San Antonio is getting less traffic than planners hoped for.

In turn, Moody’s Investor Service lowered the credit rating of Cintra, the company that operates SH 130 toll road, by four grades. Moody’s says unless traffic increases significantly, the credit rating will continue to fall.

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The Source
1:52 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

The SH 130 Toll Road Debate: Are Taxpayers Taking Too Much Of The Risk?

Central Texas Highway map showing how the new SH 130 (red) provides a way around IH-35 traffic.
SH 130 Concession Co.

The new Texas State Highway 130 toll road extension is now open and charging motorists to enjoy it’s privatized asphalt while pushing their speedometers to 85 mph. It’s the fastest stretch of legal driving in the nation.

Also known as the Pickle Parkway, it’s the first public-private partnership highway in Texas, but according to opponents the partnership allows the private company to shoulder very little risk, and instead puts taxpayers on the line to pay for such risks as uncollected tolls.

Pro Toll Road:

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TxDOT Toll Roads
12:59 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Group Calls For Boycott Of 85 mph State Highway 130 Toll

Anti-toll activist Terri Hall (far right) stands with protesters on the city's North Side.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

After a toll-free trial run, State Highway 130 has begun charging motorists to use the Seguin-to-Austin 85 mile-per-hour highway. Texas Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) is urging drivers to boycott the fastest highway in the United States.

With the $13 one-way toll now in effect on SH 130, going to Austin from Seguin and back could cost you almost half a tank of gas.

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