FAQs

The following are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive. If you do not see your question addressed below, please feel free to contact us directly to speak with a CCRMA employee.


GENERAL Questions:

Who is the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority (CCRMA)?

The CCRMA is an independent government agency created in 2004 to finance, acquire, design, construct, operate, maintain, expand or extend transportation projects in the region. These projects may be tolled or non-tolled. The mission of the CCRMA is to make significant contributions to the region’s quality of life by providing effective, safe, accelerated mobility improvements that will encourage economic development and job creation for South Texas. The CCRMA owns and operates the SH 550 toll road in Cameron County.

The CCRMA is planning a complete system of transportation infrastructure additions and upgrades for Cameron County that will support economic development and increase safety for the benefit of the entire region. If you would like to know more about the projects CCRMA is working on, visit the Our Projects section of our website.

Who is TPS|CCRMA?

Toll Processing Services Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority (TPS|CCRMA) is the toll payment processor for the CCRMA. TPS|CCRMA can assist you with questions related to your Toll Bill or Notice of Toll Violations on the SH 550 and can process your payment. TPS|CCRMA may also assist you with your TxTag questions or enrollments. If you would like to know more about TPS| CCRMA or make a payment, visit their website at www.tpsccrma.org, call the office at 956-621-5571 or visit in-person at 3461 Carmen Ave., Rancho Viejo, TX 78575.

What is a TRZ?

Transportation Reinvestment Zones (TRZs) are an innovative means of generating local funding for transportation projects by capturing and leveraging the economic growth that results from a project. The legislature initially authorized the creation of TRZs in 2007. Since that time, TRZs have proven to be a valuable tool for Texas communities.

For more information on the Cameron County TRZ, please visit ccrma.org/financials/funding-sources/

How long does it take to complete an environmental study?

The CCRMA is committed to developing projects in an environmentally sensitive and sustainable manner. All projects qualifying for funding with Federal or State funds require compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In Cameron County you will find many environmentally sensitive areas in which preparing environmental documents can take between 2-6 years, sometimes much longer. Recent steps taken by the Administration have called for expediting the NEPA process, which may help in reducing the time for clearing projects environmentally in the future.


TOLLING Questions:

Where is the SH 550 project?

For information on the SH 550 toll road, visit the SH550 project page.

Why is SH 550 referred to as I-169?

CCRMA, along with its partners, have been working on converting SH 550 from a State Highway to Interstate Standards. The Direct Connector of the SH 550 has already been approved and signed I-169. Once construction on the Gap I and Gap II projects are complete, the entire SH 550 corridor will be signed I-169.

Are disabled veterans allowed to use the SH 550 Toll Road without paying?

The Board Members and staff of the Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority honor and appreciate the service of the men and woman of our military forces, past and present.

Under Texas law each toll entity has the authority to exempt or not exempt Disabled Veteran vehicles. CCRMA does not automatically exempt vehicles with disabled veteran license plates. If you are a disable veteran and would like to be exempt from paying tolls on the SH 550, contact the CCRMA’s toll processing department by telephone to 956-621-5571 or in person at 3461 Carmen Ave, Rancho Viejo, TX 78575.

In order to qualify to be exempt a veteran must present his letter of disability from the Department of Veteran Affairs that states he/she qualifies as a disabled Veteran.

What is TxTag and how does it work?

TxTag is an electronic sticker that mounts on the inside of a vehicle’s windshield near the rear-view mirror. The sticker has a small transponder inside that communicates with an overhead antenna at toll facilities, allowing drivers to pay tolls electronically. The toll is deducted from a pre-paid toll account that is set up by the customer.

TxTag customers receive a 25% discount over Pay By Mail rates. TxTag is accepted on all toll roads in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. The SH 550 Toll Road in Brownsville is interoperable and accepts electronic tags from Dallas (TollTag) and Houston (EZ TAG).

What other ways can an account be setup to automatically pay my tolls?

The Register by Plate (RBP) account is an alternative method of payment established by TPS|CCRMA for the SH 550 toll road. The account is available for passenger and commercial vehicles and has no limit on the number of vehicles that can be registered.
RBP account holders will be billed once a month. They will receive a statement to their email address and if a credit card is on the account, automatic payment will be made with the credit card on file.

To open an RBP account, customers will need the vehicle information, an email address, and credit card.

Customers may sign up online at www.tpsccrma.org or may visit the TPS|CCRMA location. For more information, please contact the CCRMA’s toll processing department by telephone to 956-621-5571 or in person at 3461 Carmen Ave, Rancho Viejo, TX 78575.