Just the Facts Please

April 30, 2012


Election campaigns are underway all across Texas and there are lively discussions going on about how to address the transportation challenges facing our state.

In more than one case the discussions have veered far from the facts – facts about our fuels taxes and the total amount Texas motorists pay in fees each year to build and maintain our highway system.  

As the late Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan famously said – everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts.

Transportation Advocates of Texas (TAoT) took up the challenge of making sure that some of the facts are available to candidates and constituents.  We are distributing thousands of Transportation Crisis information cards to candidates.  TAoT encourages them to pass the cards along to the public as they meet with people who have questions about transportation.

The card points out that gasoline taxes have not changed since 1993 even as the buying power of those revenues has declined by more than a third.  At the same time the gap is widening with the growth in population and the aging of the transportation system.

More than 30,000 additional vehicles join us on the state’s streets and highway every month.  Texas motorists in congested area are losing millions of hours of time each year in slow moving traffic. Texas has a transportation crisis and we need a new sustainable, long-term source of revenue to meet mobility demands.  Despite the obvious political difficulty, our state can’t continue to kick the can down the road for someone else to address in the future.

TAoT is offering copies of the Transportation Crisis information card to member organizations and others who can make timely use of them in helping the public understand the challenges we face.  To inquire about copies please contact Leslie Harlan at (210) 688-4407.


PRINT YOUR OWN - You can also download a PDF file (HERE) and print your own copies of the TAoT information card.