Traffic on the E-470 Tollway approaches the ExpressToll station just north of 88th Avenue in 2003.
Traffic on the E-470 Tollway approaches the ExpressToll station just north of 88th Avenue in 2003. (THE DENVER POST | file)

E-470 traffic counts and toll revenues were up in 2012.

The E-470 Public Highway Authority on Thursday released traffic and toll-revenue figures from last year, saying that traffic, as measured by toll transactions, increased 3.6 percent from 2011.

Transactions rose to 54 million from 52.1 million in 2012. This was the third straight year of traffic growth.

The rise in traffic, coupled with a toll increase last year, resulted in a $9 million revenue increase, up about 8.4 percent to $116.7 million, according to the authority.

Officials said toll-related fee revenues — including late-payment fees — decreased by 8.8 percent to $3.3 million, while other revenues, including vehicle-registration fees and investment income, remained consistent with the prior year at $16 million.

Authority officials also kept operating costs fairly steady, spending $30.4 million in 2012, up 3.8 percent from the year before.

The 8.4 percent growth in total revenue was good enough to meet E-470's financial obligations, said the authority.