We Need Results, Not Promises
The 2015 Legislature must act. We need real outcomes (even if that takes compromise), not perfect plans that can't pass. Pushing the hard choices on transportation funding to another session two years away will cost our citizens. Inaction will hurt our economy, increase congestion, and reduce the level of service we enjoy on state roads. Inaction means more toll roads and more deteriorated, unsafe highways. Let's get moving and fix this crisis.
It’s time to finish the job.
1 day ago
TOLL ROADS COULD BE ELIMINATED: "The Texas House on Friday preliminarily passed a measure that would order the Texas Department of Transportation to survey the state's toll roads with an eye toward eliminating their fees.
The study would determine h...
4 days ago
TEXAS HOUSE TENTATIVELY OKs $3 BILLION ANNUAL BOOST FOR ROADS: "The Legislature is poised to give a multibillion-dollar annual boost to the cash-strapped Texas Department of Transportation, potentially allowing the state to at least draw even in the...
1 week ago
HISTORIC ROAD BILL BY STATE REP. JOE PICKETT GAINS TRACTION: "A proposal that would increase Texas transportation funding by almost half is gaining momentum in the Legislature.
Its sponsor, state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, this week passed the bil...
2 weeks ago
BID TO BOOST TEXAS TRANSPORTATION FUNDING GAINS MOMENTUM IN HOUSE: "AUSTIN — Transportation-minded lawmakers may have cleared one of the persistent hurdles they’ve faced in recent years over efforts to provide the Texas Department of Transportati...
3 weeks ago
Report highlights top 100 Texas highway improvements needed.
Here are the top 10!
1. Upgrade a portion of State Highway Loop 20 in Laredo to Interstate standards
2. Upgrade a portion of U.S. 59 in Liberty, San Jacinto, Angeline, Nacogdoches and Po...
2 months ago
BETTER EAST TEXAS: FUNDS WILL BRING NEEDED REPAIRS TO TEXAS ROAD SYSTEM - "It is refreshing when government actually springs into action after voters speak.
One such case is the approach by the state to green light road projects funded by the passag...
2 months ago
THE TEXAS TRIBUNE: "Following five weeks of hearings, House budget writers put the final touches Thursday on a two-year budget plan that could sharpen the debate with Senate leaders on how to boost money for transportation."
2 months ago
Did you know that in 1960, 33% of the state budget was dedicated toward transportation, and today it's closer to just 9%?
2 months ago
"Nichols stressed the importance of his measure in providing a reliable revenue stream to the Texas Department of Transportation that will grow over the long term. TxDOT has said it needs about $5 billion more in funding annually to keep traffic from...
2 months ago
"The Senate Transportation Committee voted 8-1 in favor of both Senate Bill 5 and Senate Joint Resolution 5, which together would boost transportation funding by billions of dollars.
Nichols stressed the importance of his measure in providing a reli...
2 months ago
"At a speech before state transportation groups on Tuesday, Gov. Greg Abbott touted his $4 billion transportation plan as a 'historic and unwavering commitment' to improving Texas roads. Abbott called his proposed budget — which would dedicate half...
2 months ago
Today, Senate Bill 5 and Senate Joint Resolution 5 will be discussed in a Senate Transportation Committee hearing. This bill is aimed to use money from the state’s existing motor vehicle sales tax to pay for highways, and is gathering broad suppor...
2 months ago
"Transportation has been funded at inadequate levels for years and partially financed with borrowed money, said Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, who has been named to again chair the House Transportation Committee during the legislative session that ends...
2 months ago
THE LUBBOCK AVALANCHE-JOURNAL EDITORIAL BOAD: "Keeping existing roads in good condition and building new roads to meet additional transportation needs is a daunting financial challenge. That’s why we like the idea of Senate Transportation Chair Rob...
3 months ago
Texas lawmakers eye $4 billion in existing revenue for roads: "Two leading state lawmakers in Texas have rolled out a plan to help the state address $5 billion in transportation funding needs."
3 months ago
BEAUMONT ENTERPRISE Editorial Staff:
Texas highways need tax shift
"The Legislature has many challenges in this session, but one that cannot be put off any longer is our underfunded state roads. The math is simple: Texas needs at least $5 billion...
3 months ago
Patrick, Nichols: Put Car Sales Tax Toward Roads:
"Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick publicly backed a plan Wednesday to boost transportation funding by billions of dollars a year by dedicating some of the sales tax already collected on car sales to road work."...
3 months ago
"The American Society of Civil Engineers says the US needs massive investments in all essential infrastructure, from bridges and airports to dams and railways. According to the society’s most recent infrastructure report card , the US earns a D+ fo...
3 months ago
TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEES MAJOR FACTOR IN NEEDED REFORMS: "When Texas voters elected a new Governor and Lt. Governor, they ushered in a new era of leadership that promised key reforms in the arena of transportation - promising to address the structur...
What are your legislators doing to improve transportation this session?
The 84th Texas Legislature
What Our Leaders Are Saying
- "As governor, I will ensure that we build the roads needed to keep Texas growing. That taxes raised for roads will be spent on roads. I will speed up our needed water projects, and I will secure our border." Gov. Greg Abbott (Inauguration Speech, 01/20/15)
"The State of Texas is falling far short of funding a variety of necessary services, including transportation. We cannot continue to be a modern, vibrant society unless we make smart investments in education, water, health care and transportation." Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston
- "Texas is booming; every day, more people and goods move through our state than the day before. … Funding for transportation simply does not meet our current needs, much less account for the inevitable challenges of the future. Right now we are in a position to either capitalize on the opportunities growth brings, or crumble beneath its demands. Without the proper investment, our economy and quality of life will suffer." Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston
- "Texas' economy continues to prosper, causing our state to grow at an exponential rate. With more than 1,000 people moving to Texas daily, our state must have the transportation infrastructure to support our growing economy. Texas cannot continue to do business with the roads and highways of yesteryear and still be competitive with the new advances of tomorrow." Rep. Carol Alvarado, D-Houston
"We cannot continue to go further into debt to pay for our infrastructure in this state. We must provide a long-term revenue source so that we can begin to plan and put our state on a pay-as-you-go plan. Selling bonds is a tax on future generations. We must begin to properly fund our needs." Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler
- "Tax relief has been a priority in all of the budgets that I've been involved in. But so are investments in education. So are investments in infrastructure, transportation, the things that help the private sector continue to grow and produce jobs, hopefully, at the robust pace that they have in the last few years." Speaker Straus (Houston Chronicle/San Antonio Express-News, 01/08/15)
"For Texas to continue our robust economic growth, it's critical that we address the looming transportation infrastructure problems we face in our great state." Rep. Trent Ashby, R-Lufkin
- "Investment in our state's infrastructure is critical to our continued economic prosperity. To continue to attract businesses to Texas, the state must ensure that our transportation systems are adequate to move people and goods to market." Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman
"With over 1,000 people per day moving to Texas we must act now or our traffic problems will get even worse. At the end of the day what many of us want is less time in our cars and more time with our families." Rep. Tony Dale, R-Cedar Park
- "We want to prioritize transportation as the No. 1 investment to make with your money. We have reached our borrowing limit. We filled in the hard, hard budget years, starting in 2003, when we robbed the transportation account to save everything else." Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso
"The Texas Legislature must come up with a long term solution to provide reliable, sustainable and a growing funding sources for transportation infrastructure." Rep. Patricia Harless, R-Spring
- "Anyone who drives Houston area roads knows that traffic shapes our daily lives. We must take action or our children and grandkids will become captive to traffic gridlock. We must figure out how to pay for the future highways that our children will need." Sen. Rodney Ellis, D-Houston
"Transportation will always be a top priority in Texas because it impacts commerce, economic development, our quality of life and the air we breathe. As Senate Finance chair, I am acutely aware of the constant juggling act we face in funding our priorities." Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound
- "Texas has been experiencing tremendous growth in economic activity and population. But this growth and success challenge our existing infrastructure, and traditional funding methods for transportation are not keeping up with demand." Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood
"Since 2010, Texas has added 1.3 million residents. And 350 new people have moved to D/FW every day since 2010. But despite a 125 percent growth in population and 172 percent increase in autos since the 1970s, Texas' highway capacity has only grown by 19 percent." Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas
- "With our state's population expected to increase from approximately 26 million to 46.3 million by 2060, it is crucial that we take the necessary steps to ensure Texas' infrastructure can accommodate this growth while keeping Texas an attractive place to live, work and raise a family." Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills.
"We cannot continue to grow our economy without investing in our roads and highways." Sen. John Whitmire, D-Houston
- "As more people and more businesses relocate to Texas, we need to ensure that our transportation infrastructure can keep up with our growing state. People need to be able to drive to work or go on vacations without constantly sitting in traffic, and businesses need an efficient way to get their products to market." Sen. Charles Perry, R-Lubbock
"Texas is growing by leaps and bounds and the need to invest in infrastructure to keep pace with this significant expansion is imperative." Comptroller Glenn Hegar
- "We are so dependent on our roads, and are in dire need of arteries to allow residents to make their way to work every day. With the great deal of growth we are experiencing and anticipate to continue, investing in our transportation and water infrastructure is of utmost importance." Rep. Ed Thompson, R-Pearland
"In order to maintain our state's economic prosperity, a comprehensive and dynamic transportation system is a necessity." Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo
- "Funding transportation systems that are safe, accessible and reliable throughout the State of Texas is paramount. When thinking about the potentially explosive population growth projected by 2030, it would be unwise to leave planned new roads unfunded and maintenance deferred indefinitely. We know that accessible roads are a key to robust economic development in a community. Without convenient access, communities may not be able to thrive and flourish as well as we all would like to see happen." Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale
- "Proposition 1 passed with more than 80 percent of the vote. It was a significant message from voters: We support the funding of critical transportation needs using existing revenues. …It will be our job to work on transportation financing solutions while supporting taxpayers' concerns about accountability." Rep. Giovanni Capriglione, R-Southlake
"Good roads and bridges keep your family safe and the Texas economy moving." Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo
- "Without question, sufficient transportation funding is vital to the long-term economic prospects of our state. People need to be able to get to and from work, and travel safely and efficiently. Companies, also, are enticed to invest in Texas if we have quality infrastructure. …This session I will fight to make certain that important transportation dollars go to roads and fight efforts to further toll our district." Sen. Van Taylor, R-Plano
"Our highways made Texas the economic powerhouse it is today." Sen. Chuy Hinojosa, D-McAllen
- "We need to begin to finance our highway construction and road maintenance on a pay-as-you-go basis. We have built up too much debt in the state over too many years because we have not focused on our highways and on our roads. …We need strong infrastructure for water and transportation and, as lieutenant governor, it's going to be a real focus." Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick
"We believe transportation funding is a problem that must be addressed head on in the next legislative session." Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano
- "Transportation funding must be one of our priorities - ranking alongside education, water and health care as we invest in our children, grandchildren and their future. Traffic gridlock is becoming an ever-bigger problem in the state's metro areas. We simply can't afford to fall further behind if we want our state's economy to keep growing and if we want to continue being an attractive place for out-of-state companies looking to move to Texas." Rep. Sylvester Turner, D-Houston
- "Transportation does more than get us to and from work. It is the backbone of our state's economy. Today, our region is one of the fastest growing populations in the country. In addition to population increase, Texas trade volume continues to grow strongly, making us a top global competitor. We can no longer afford to ignore the congested roads, aged bridges, and dilapidated infrastructures we encounter daily." Rep. R.D. "Bobby" Guerra (D-McAllen)
- "Texas must invest in its infrastructure in order to maintain its competitive position in the national and world economy. Failure to do so will eventually erode our future. We can and should maintain the infrastructure that helps maintain the Texas economy." Sen. Jose Rodriguez, D-El Paso
"Fixing our roads is costly, but the cost of doing nothing is even greater. Investing in transportation infrastructure will help maintain our economic competitiveness, preserve our quality of life and keep Texans safe on the highway." Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo