Toll prices increased Thursday for I-25 Express Lanes

DENVER - Toll prices increased Thursday for the I-25 Express Lanes. Drivers will see an increase of 10 to 70 cents depending on when they use the lanes.

In the morning hours, drivers will see an increase in the price from 5 a.m. to 6:45 a.m., from 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. The largest price increase is between 7:15 to 8:15 a.m. when drivers will see an increase of 45 to 55 cents, depending on if they use a transponder or license plate tolling.

In the afternoon, drivers will see an increase in price for every time period with the largest increase of 55 to 70 cents for drivers using the lanes from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The price of driving the lanes ranges from 60 cents to $5.55 depending on time of travel and tolling method. See the full list on the Colorado Department of Transportation's website.

The new prices were approved by the High Performance Transportation Enterprise (HPTE) Board.

"To maintain the reliability of the travel speeds, the board adjusted the tolling based on the congestion periods throughout the day," according to CDOT.

However, the I-25 Express Lanes are no longer managed by CDOT. Plenary Roads Denver, the company helping pay for the U.S. 36 toll lanes extension has assumed operations and maintenance responsibilities for the I-25 Express Lanes.

"As part of the agreement, tolling services will continue to be managed by E-470, including billing and processing," CDOT said.

Currently, drivers with one passenger are allowed to use the I-25 Express Lanes for free. However, in 2017, drivers will need two passengers (three people in a vehicle) to use the lanes for free.

The I-25 Express Lanes cover seven miles on I-25, between downtown Denver and US 36. CDOT is extending the Express Lanes on U.S. 36 to 88th Street in Louisville in 2015 and to Table Mesa Drive in Boulder in 2016.

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