The $4 toll on State Route 125 will be reduced to a lower price for drivers. Artie Ojeda reports.
Starting Saturday, it will cost less to drive on State Route 125 in the South Bay thanks to new toll cuts.
SANDAG bought the highway last December and is now trying to entice drivers to use SR-125, the toll road that cuts through the South Bay and Chula Vista
According to SANDAG, tolls to drive on SR-125 will drop 25 to 40 percent, depending on how far drivers travel on the road.
That means a $2.50 fare will now drop to $2.
However, the price cut may still not be enough to lure in drivers, and that’s the challenge SANDAG is facing.
“No. It's still too high. It needs to be 5-cents. I would not drive on it. No I wouldn't drive on it for $2.50 either,” Otay resident Leanna Terrell told NBC 7 San Diego.
NBC 7 San Diego spoke to drivers who regularly drive on SR-125 through the South Bay and Chula Vista and they said they love the idea of a fare cut. But those who live in the area and don’t really use the highway much are still not enticed.
SANDAG is hoping to increase traffic volume on SR-125 by one million trips in the next year.
SANDAG believes having more drivers use SR-125 will also help decrease traffic on other freeways like Interstate 805.