LBJ Express FAQs - TEXpress Lanes on the LBJ Express Project

TEXpress Lanes are unique toll lanes that are built within an existing highway. They add additional capacity to the highway to accommodate more traffic. Unlike other toll roads, the price changes based on the congestion in the TEXpress Lanes to maintain a minimum speed of 50 mph at all times.

These TEXpress lanes are new and unlike other toll roads in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. It is your choice to drive in the TEXpress Lanes and pay the tolls or to drive in the adjacent non-tolled general highway lanes.

TEXpress Lanes are designated express lanes within highway corridors with prices that fluctuate based on traffic demand to prevent congestion.

Equipment will monitor real-time traffic conditions to periodically adjust the prices throughout the day based upon the average speed and number of drivers who want to use the TEXpress Lanes. Prices may go up or down, depending upon the amount of traffic and the time of day, but customers are notified of the price they will pay prior to entering any segment of the TEXpress lanes.

Prices will be lower during non-peak driving times. The variable pricing aims to ensure a predictable, higher-speed commute. However, if there is an accident travel times cannot be guaranteed.

No. Managed lanes, such as TEXpress Lanes, are already in operation in more than a dozen cities throughout the U.S.
Similar facilities that use dynamic pricing include:

  • 495 Express Lanes on the I-495/Capital Beltway in Washington D.C.
  • I-85 in Atlanta
  • I-10 Katy Managed Lanes in Houston
  • SR-91 Express Lanes in Southern California
  • I-10 Express Lanes and I-110 in Los Angeles
  • I-95 Express in Miami-Ft. Lauderdale
  • I-15 Express Lanes in Salt Lake City, UT

Along the most congested parts of I-635, there are two to three new TEXpress Lanes in each direction that run in the middle of the general highway lanes. A portion of the TEXpress Lanes on I-635 are located in the LBJ Canyon, beneath the surface-level general highway lanes. Along I-35E, there are two elevated TEXpress Lanes in each direction that run on the outside of this roadway.

In addition, the project includes a continuous frontage road in both directions of I-635, simplifying access to businesses along the roadway and offering bypass lanes to allow through drivers to avoid traffic lights at several busy cross streets.

No. Drivers may choose between the free general highway lanes or the TEXpress Lanes.

At its widest point, the LBJ Express will include four general highway lanes in each direction, two to three continuous frontage road lanes in each direction, plus two to three TEXpress Lanes in each direction.

Drivers will enjoy the same number of free general highway lanes they currently use on LBJ, but with the benefit of lighter traffic as other drivers opt for the TEXpress Lanes.

There are three tolling segments on the LBJ TEXpress Lanes. Separate charges will appear on your billing statement for each tolling segment you use as part of a single trip.

  • Toll Segment 1 begins at Josey Lane and bypasses the I-35E/635 interchange, then runs south to the I-35/Loop 12 split and north on I-35E up to Valley View Lane.
  • Toll Segment 2 extends from Luna Road to the Dallas North Tollway.
  • Toll Segment 3 stretches from the Dallas North Tollway to Greenville Avenue.

Click here to learn more about pricing and the three tolling segments.

Like the other tolled express lanes that comprise the North Texas TEXpress Lanes system, the LBJ TEXpress Lanes were designed for longer-distance commuters who need a safe, reliable and predictable roadway to zip from one end of the project to the other. The LBJ TEXpress Lanes feature 15 entrance ramps and 16 exit ramps along this 13.3-mile stretch of roadway. To view illustrations with detailed directions of each entrance ramp, click here. To view illustrations of each exit ramp, click here.

No, this configuration does not exist. Drivers traveling on the westbound I-635 TEXpress Lanes can use the I-35E/635 interchange to travel onto the northbound or southbound TEXpress Lanes on I-35E. Click here to view the LBJ TEXpress map.

Yes. Drivers traveling on the westbound I-635 TEXpress Lanes can use the I-35E/635 interchange to travel onto the northbound or southbound TEXpress Lanes on I-35E. Click here to view the LBJ TEXpress map.

There is no direct connection from US 75/Central Expressway onto the LBJ TEXpress Lanes. Drivers can use the  Coit Road/US 75TEXpress Lanes entrance ramp located on the westbound I-635 general highway lanes to access the westbound LBJ TEXpress Lanes. This right-hand on-ramp is situated west of Hillcrest Road (click here to view entrance ramp map). HOV users, such as carpool drivers and motorcyclists, can use the US 75 HOV Entrance from the southbound US 75 HOV lane to enter directly onto the westbound LBJ TEXpress Lanes lane during morning rush hour. This reversible connection is only open from 6:30 to 9:00 a.m. (click here to view entrance ramp map).

Currently, there is no direct connection from the LBJ TEXpress Lanes onto US 75/Central Expressway for solo drivers. Drivers traveling eastbound on the LBJ TEXpress Lanes can use the Coit Road/US 75 Exit ramp, which will place them on the eastbound I-635 general highway lanes to access US 75/Central Expressway (click here to view exit ramp map). HOV users, such as carpool drivers and motorcyclists, can use the US 75 HOV Exit on the eastbound LBJ TEXpress Lanes to access the northbound US 75 HOV lane during afternoon rush hour. This reversible connection is only open from 3:00 to 6:30 p.m. (click here to view exit ramp map).

There is no direct connection from the Dallas North Tollway onto the LBJ TEXpress Lanes. A Dallas North Tollway Entrance ramp for the LBJ TEXpress Lanes is located on the westbound I-635 general highway lanes, just past Midway Road. To view an illustration with detailed directions for this ramp, click here.

There is no direct connection from the LBJ TEXpress Lanes onto the Dallas North Tollway. Drivers on the eastbound LBJ TEXpress Lanes can use the Dallas North Tollway Exit, which will place them onto the eastbound I-635 general highway lanes near Midway Road. Drivers can then access the DNT entrance ramp on-I-635. To view an illustration with detailed directions for the Dallas North Tollway Exit ramp, click here.

GoCarma is an independent platform managed by NCTCOG, separate from NTTA, TxDOT and Drive On TEXpress. The Regional Transportation Council set a policy to move to more advanced technology to verify HOV status and replace manual enforcement. At least one smartphone in each registered vehicle is required through the GoCarma technology selected to meet the RTC's policy. 
 
As GoCarma is a new technology & application, we recommend that you visit the GoCarma Help Center for live chat support, help with technical questions and how to get started with the new GoCarma technology. Additionally, the GoCarma Call Center is available at 469-606-3920, Monday-Friday; 9am – 5pm CT.

Click here for detailed information on HOV Discount Qualifications and Activation 

You will qualify for an HOV toll discount on LBJ TEXpress Lanes as long as:

  • You have at least two people in the vehicle, such as a driver and a passenger (motorcycles do not require a passenger).
  • You have a valid TollTag, TxTag or EZ TAG account in good standing (i.e. cannot fall into a negative balance)
  • Your Tag is properly mounted on your vehicle's windshield—including motorcycles—for our scanners to read them.
  • Your trip is during weekday rush-hour periods, Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. 
  • You use the GoCarma app technology
    • The Regional Transportation Council set a policy to move to more advanced technology to verify HOV status and replace manual enforcement. One smartphone in each registered vehicle is required through the GoCarma technology selected to meet the RTC’s policy.
    • The GoCarma app is an independent platform developed by Carma Technologies Corporation through a contract with the North Central Council of Governments (NCTCOG)