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Old 05-30-2014, 08:07 AM
 
Location: North Dallas via Philly .. and DC
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I live off of Alpha near the Tollway/Galleria, and frequently visit friends and family in Frisco/Plano. I have tried on several occasions to take the service road... and I just can't do it. Takes way too long, and just aggravates me with all the traffic lights, and people going 30mph for no apparent reason in the left lane. Maybe I just have little patience...... :/ Really it's not my fault, it's the east coast in me! lol
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:08 AM
 
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On the weekends, fortunately. My drive to work is on the rather placid Renner Road.
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Old 05-30-2014, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Can I go out now??
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5 days a week on 121..I think it comes out to $80 to $100 a month including trips on DNT over the weekends.

Saves a lot of time and headache driving on service roads.
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Old 05-30-2014, 11:48 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Little Elm to Mockingbird $9.04 roundtrip. Also one day/week in Oak Cliff. Haven't added it up yet.

On weekends I take the DNT for convenience.
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Old 05-30-2014, 12:12 PM
 
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5 days a week on 121..I think it comes out to $80 to $100 a month including trips on DNT over the weekends.

Saves a lot of time and headache driving on service roads.
Exactly. Time is money. Plus you save on gas.
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Old 05-30-2014, 06:57 PM
 
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Forrest to Uptown daily, think it's like $2.80 daily. 15 min commute in traffic and 10 without, works great for me.
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Old 06-01-2014, 11:31 PM
 
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Very infrequently, but I also (currently) live within walking distance of work so I have little need to take the tollroads. Last time my account was reloaded was literally a month ago and it looks like I've used about $4 in the last month?

That said, if I am traveling about and can avoid the toll road without giving up too much time/convenience I will do so, but if it's going to be too inconvenient will just take the toll road. I keep the tag on the car for that convenience and will come in handy at the airports if I'm going to park in the airport lots.
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:02 AM
 
Location: Sweet Home...CHICAGO
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I'm new to the area and still learning my way around. I'm also trying to learn how the toll roads work. Before moving here it was suggested to me to get a GPS and set it to avoid tolls because it is possible to spend up to $3k a year on toll fees. I also have it set to avoid traffic. There's no way I'm trying to spend that lol.

Since setting my GPS to avoid tolls roads, I just haven't had to get on them. Places that I travel to regularly, I now know the way without my GPS and so I'm only used to taking those routes. I'm reading many people here say that avoiding tolls takes up extra gas and time. But so far what I'm noticing is that even when I use Google maps to compare directions from it to what my GPS tells me, the Google map directions show me that my destination in miles and the amount of time to get there is the exact same as my GPS except the Google directions include tolls.

Being that I'm new here and haven't been to a whole lot of places, I can't speak on what's really a savings on gas and time or not or how much tolls average. This area is huge and I do a lot of driving. I've wondered if I'd shorten times and distances by using toll roads. But based on the comparisons that I've done above, so far I would not be shortening distances and thereby saving gas by using toll roads. So at this point, I will continue to use my GPS to avoid them. No sense spending extra money on tolls since I'm not saving on gas at all.
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:10 AM
 
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I'm new to the area and still learning my way around. I'm also trying to learn how the toll roads work. Before moving here it was suggested to me to get a GPS and set it to avoid tolls because it is possible to spend up to $3k a year on toll fees. I also have it set to avoid traffic. There's no way I'm trying to spend that lol.

Since setting my GPS to avoid tolls roads, I just haven't had to get on them. Places that I travel to regularly, I now know the way without my GPS and so I'm only used to taking those routes. I'm reading many people here say that avoiding tolls takes up extra gas and time. But so far what I'm noticing is that even when I use Google maps to compare directions from it to what my GPS tells me, the Google map directions show me that my destination in miles and the amount of time to get there is the exact same as my GPS except the Google directions include tolls.

Being that I'm new here and haven't been to a whole lot of places, I can't speak on what's really a savings on gas and time or not or how much tolls average. This area is huge and I do a lot of driving. I've wondered if I'd shorten times and distances by using toll roads. But based on the comparisons that I've done above, so far I would not be shortening distances and thereby saving gas by using toll roads. So at this point, I will continue to use my GPS to avoid them. No sense spending extra money on tolls since I'm not saving on gas at all.
It's not always the distance that saves you gas, its miles per gallon. A vehicle that gets 28 mpg on highway can easily be down to 20 mpg or less in stop and go traffic with lights.
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Old 06-02-2014, 05:38 AM
 
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Depends on the routes. Totally depends on the routes.
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