It's criminal-racket put on by the Austin City Council and the contracting companies who build the roads. Austin's corrupt as they come, which is typical of a city run by Democrats. As for Mopac, where they could have EASILY built two-lanes with NO TOLLS, they instead decided that a single lane and one exorbitant toll was a better plan. It was delivered late (still isn't completely done) and over-budget. All the while Governor Abbott has a panel of TX representatives auditing TXDOT and their prolific use of tollways in Texas. Abbott tasked them with coming up with a plan to make Texas toll-free by 2018. So far, they've found several tollways in Houston and Dallas that have been paid off for years, yet Texas residents are still being charged millions of dollars worth of tolls. ...where's the money going? ...why isn't it used state-wide to build more efficient infrastructure? ...why are democrats ruining my fucking city with their moronic ideas!? ETA: When I say "my city", I mean the city where I was born, where I met my wife, and the city we moved out of to get away from the traffic and growth. We aren't OUT completely, but Hutto has more farm dirt than concrete and that's the way I like it.