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Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway collected 48 million tolls in 2015, up 25 percent

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The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority collected nearly 48 million tolls in 2015 according to a new report from the International Bridge, Tunnel & Turnpike Association.

The 2015 numbers beat out the 2014 score by more than 10 million transactions, and the 25 percent increase year-over-year topped the other 30 expressway authorities and tolling agencies included in the study.

IBTTA said Americans drove about 3 percent more last year; toll transactions went up by about 7 percent nationwide, hitting a total of 5 billion across the 6,000 miles of tolled roadways in the country.

“From the research, it’s clear that not only are more people traveling on our roads and bridges, but that toll road use has increased significantly,” said IBTTA President Earl J. “Buddy” Croft III.

Nearly all of the 31 tolling agencies included in the study saw increases last year, with 23 hitting all-time highs and 10 of them boasting double-digit increases over 2014 numbers. The lone agency to post lower numbers in 2015 was the Thousand Islands Expressway Authority, which saw a 5 percent decrease in passenger traffic.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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