The San Diego Association of Governments, the regional transportation and planning agency, said state Route 125, the former privately-held toll road that it purchased out of bankruptcy, handled some 240,000 trips in the past week, a record.

After Sandag acquired the toll road in December 2011 it cut the tolls by as much as 40 percent. The highway that runs from state Route 54 near Lemon Grove to the U.S.-Mexico border and intersects with state Route 905 in Otay Mesa had a previous record of about 193,000 trips in a single week in 2008, Sandag said.

Tolls now range from 50 cents to $2.75 for pre-registered users through FasTrak, and from $2 to $3.50 for those using cash and credit cards.

“Ultimately our goal is to improve mobility in the South Bay by shifting traffic from local streets and Interstate 805 to the toll road,” said Jack Dale, Sandag chairman and a Santee city councilman. “The uptick we are seeing in usage is a positive indication that we are moving in the right direction.”

Sandag expanded the sale of FasTrak transponders to three Costco locations in the past year which also generated new toll road users. The agency is also running a refer a friend promotion providing a $10 credit for every new account opened with a referral code.

— SDBJ Staff Report