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Texas Transportation Commission eliminates El Paso toll lanes

EL PASO - The Texas Transportation Commission voted Thursday to eliminate El Paso's toll lanes.

The two-way toll lane stretches from U.S. 54 to Zaragoza Road along Loop 375.

The tolls have been in existence since January 2014, requiring 90 cents for those with a toll tag and a $1.80 fee for pay-by-mail users, who were also charged a one dollar convenience fee per bill.

In June, the Camino Real Regional Mobile Authority voted to get rid of the toll lanes and agreed to start the process of removing all highway tolls as early as Sept. 1, 2017.

Drivers will continue paying tolls until the toll lanes are completely removed.

According to a report released last year, the toll lanes averaged fewer than 2,000 transactions per day, since they were opened in 2014.

Total revenues were less the $700,000, while expenses exceeded $1.2 million.