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June 30 event to celebrate lower South Bay Expressway tolls

SANDAG

To mark the start of lower tolls on South Bay Expressway, everyone is invited to attend a free community celebration the morning of Saturday, June 30 at Otay Ranch Town Center in Chula Vista. On the day of the event, driving on the Expressway, also known as the State Route 125 toll road, will be free from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The family-friendly celebration will feature live music from J.D. & the Blues Busters, face painters, a 50-foot truck with video game consoles inside, and more. The event will start at 10 a.m. and go until 1 p.m. at Otay Ranch Town Center, 2015 Birch Road, Chula Vista.

“Come out and experience the toll road for free between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.,” SANDAG Chairman and Encinitas Mayor Jerome Stocks said. “And the good news is that as of June 30, the new rate structure allows you to use the congestion-free highway for as little as 50 cents.”
 
SANDAG will offer special FasTrak promotions at the event, including $5 in free tolls on South Bay Expressway to the first 100 Expressway FasTrak users who bring in their transponders, $5 in free tolls for everyone who signs up for FasTrak at the event, and $5 in free tolls to Expressway FasTrak users who add a transponder to their existing accounts. FasTrak is the convenient, automated tolling system used on SR 125 and the Interstate 15 Express Lanes.

The event will feature plenty of fun. Costco will provide toll-cutting cake, the South Bay Family YMCA will host a craft area for kids, and Naked Juice will serve samples from a summertime ice luge. Visitors to the South Bay Expressway booth can enter a drawing to win a Family 4-Pack of tickets to the Disney California Adventure® new Cars Land attraction, among other prizes. Event sponsors include Sunroad Enterprises and Millenia – a new mixed-use urban-style village by The Corky McMillin Companies.

Effective June 30, tolls will decrease by as much as 40 percent on the South Bay Expressway. Prices will range from 50 cents to $2.75 for customers with a FasTrak electronic tolling account and from $2 to $3.50 for cash and credit card users.

The revamped toll structure was approved by the SANDAG Board of Directors on May 25, 2012. SANDAG acquired the lease from a private entity to operate the toll road in December 2011.

As a public agency whose mission is to improve mobility in the region, SANDAG’s business approach is different from that of the previous toll road operator. The new toll schedule balances toll reductions against generating enough revenue to pay for operations and maintenance, debt service, future improvements, and contingencies.

South Bay Expressway stretches for about 10 miles through eastern Chula Vista from State Route 905 near the Otay Mesa Port of Entry to State Route 54 near the Sweetwater Reservoir. To learn more about the Expressway, visit www.SBXthe125.com.

Project Manager(s)

David Hicks, Communications Manager
Phone: (619) 699-6939, E-mail: david.hicks@sandag.org

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.