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Drivers who have avoided the South Bay portion of SR125 because of costly tolls will be pleased to learn that the SANDAG board of directors will be voting on a toll reduction May 25.

An attachment to the agenda for that day states: "Key to the strategic acquisition of the State Route 125 (SR 125) franchise lease by SANDAG is the ability to divert traffic from Interstate 805 (I-805) onto SR 125. The primary strategy in achieving this goal is the reduction in toll rates."

Several options for toll adjustments will be considered. The ability to offer the reduction is attributed to reduced debt. The agenda attachment continues, "The Board of Directors amended the TransNet Extension Ordinance on March 23, 2012, reducing the debt related to the acquisition."

SANDAG acquired the toll road for $344.5 million on July 29, 2011. The company that formerly owned the road, South Bay Expressway LP, emerged from bankruptcy in April 2011.

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samlongacre2 May 19, 2012 @ 7:05 p.m.

Toll reduction LONG overdue. From Otay Lakes to Birch is a minimum (posted rate) is $3. When you consider that is less than two miles, that is outrageous. (Remember, that would make it $6 round trip just to go shopping at Otay Rance Shopping Center.) When Toll Road opened it was .85 cents.


psyflyjohn May 20, 2012 @ 6:05 a.m.

What a boondoggle ! Coming from the Chicago area, which is cursed with toll roads that are gridlocked, I love the "free ways" here. I quickly learned to avoid this toll road. Will continue to do so until it's also "free".


joepublic May 20, 2012 @ 8:34 a.m.

psyflyjohn: I agree. Until the toll is completely abolished, I too will use the freeway.


Visduh May 20, 2012 @ 8:56 a.m.

There is a good case for making it free, especially with the stated purpose of its public purchase. If that can't/won't happen, then the toll should be set so low that most drivers will find it advantageous. When and if the 805 gets gridlocked over most of its length, then the toll road would have an advantage and would be able to raise tolls. That's a long way off I think.

Having watched the dynamic of the 73 toll road in Orange County, I can safely say that it wasn't the boon that many thought it would be. Designed as an alternative to I-5 and I-405 from the Mission Viejo area up to near South Coast Plaza, avoiding the infamous El Toro Wye interchange, it never lived up to expectations. When toll revenue was below forecast, they raised the toll a number of times, and further drove people back onto the interstates, except during rush hour. That's about what happened with the 125, and we can only hope that somebody has actually learned something from all of it.


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