Goods Movement - The goods we consume are transported from a farm, a manufacturer, a refinery, a port terminal or a distribution warehouse -- often using more than one mode of transportation. Trucks are vital to freight transportation because they usually provide the first and last step in the supply chain for goods movement. Whether hauling raw materials prior to production, finished goods, or delivering goods directly to consumers, trucks are part of Texas' economic lifeline.

 

 

 

An Archive of Texas Transportation Updates

 

May 8, 2017
Vote Deals Blow to CDA Funding Option
- The Texas House voted 79 to 52 on May 5 to defeat HB 2861 which would have continued to provide TxDOT and RMAs authority to use Comprehensive Development Agreements (CDAs) to finance and build certain specified large projects. CDAs have been an important tool in getting major projects built in Texas over the past decade.

 

April 5, 2017
Dealing With the Budget Challenge for FY '18 and "1
9 - The Texas Legislature's budget writers have faced a special challenge this year. While they take different approaches, both House and Senate budgets recognize the importance of staying on path toward funding transportation needs and respecting the voice of Texas voters

 

March 27, 2017
Lawmakers Should Deliver Every Cent of Highway Funding Approved by Voters
- Texas faces a serious and growing highway funding gap. This piece includes a chart showing the impact of funding diversions being discussed. Funding Fact Sheet available for download.

 

March 14, 2017
Time to Stop Talking About Diverting Transportation Funds
- TAoT Chairman Dennis Kearns makes the case that this is no time for the Legislature to take a step backward on funding.

 

March 12, 2017
VIDEO: The Facts About the Funding Promis
e - View a video produced by Texas Infrastructure Now that explains the highway funding promises made to Texas voters over the past few years.

 

February 21, 2017
Transportation Committees in Place for 201
7 - Senator Robert Nichols returns for a third session as chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and Rep. Geanie Morrison of Victoria is the new chairman of the House Transportation Committee. We have maps showing where committee members are from.

 

February 14, 2017
TAOT Urges Full Funding of Prop 1 & 7
- The Transportation Advocates of Texas legislative program for the 85th Session of the Texas Legislature.

 

December 26, 2016
Population Growth: Texas Has Added 3 "Austins" Since 2010
- A look at the continuing rapid population growth in Texas and the Judge Ed Emmett talks about the fact that much future Texas growth will be east of Interstate 35, in great part because of available water supplies.

 

December 23, 2016
Prop 1 & 7 Will Accelerate Congestion Relief
- Bruce Bugg, Transportation Commission member, penned this op-ed about progress being made on urban congestion under the Texas Clear Lanes program.

 

November 22, 2016
Highway Trust Fund Needs Long-Term Solvency
- AASHTO resolution calls for dedicating more revenue to the Highway Trust Fund to put it on solid footing.

 

October 27, 2016
Sen. Nichols Sees Need for New Localized Highway Funding Mechanism
- Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Robert Nichols proposes a fresh look at a decade-old idea to establish along side a highway project and capture a portion of state sales tax to help fund construction.

 

September 27, 2016
TxDOT Ranks High in Cost Effectivenes
s - Among the nation's most populous states, TxDOT is a top performer in terms of low administrative costs and cost effectiveness.

 

August 26, 2016
Lawmakers Made it Possible to Fund $70 Billion in Statewide Projects -
An anticipated doubling of transportation funding over the next 10 years is the result of commitment and political courage on the part of state and legislative leaders. The results show up in the 10-year UTP.

 

July 20, 2016
Comptroller Provides Insight into the Very Big Economic Impact of Transportation Investment -
Fiscal Notes takes a close look at the nexus between transportation improvements and positive economic development growth.

 

May 10, 2016
Hegar: Strain on Aging Highways Unprecedented
- The Comptroller points to aging infrastructure and population growth as the root cause of challenges Texas faces in ensuring safe and efficient highways.

 

April 25, 2016
Highways Are Part of Our Life Support System
- Glenn W. Smith makes the point that highways and bridges are more than just infrastructure.

 

March 22, 2016
Sen. Hinojosa Urges More Funding for Access to Seaports and Border Ports of Entry
- Texas seaports and border crossings are critical components of the state's transportation infrastructure and Sen. Jan "Chuy" Hinojosa makes the case for more funding of roads to access those facilities.

 

February 25, 2016
TAoT APPLAUDS ACTION ON CONGESTION
- The Transportation Advocates of Texas joined others in strongly endorsing the Transportation Commission's new Congestion Initiative.

 

February 25, 2016

TxDOT ACCELERATES EFFORTS TO ADDRESS GRIDLOCK - $1.3 billion has been allocated to 14 projects in the state's biggest urban areas to deal with priority congestion bottlenecks. TxDOT has started a new congestion initiative called Texas Clear Lanes and has a new website.

 

January 15, 2016
TRANSPORTATION ADVOCATES STILL HAVE MUCH TO DO
- When Transportation Advocates of Texas was organized in 2010 it had a mission – finding a way to bring together many advocates to more effectively engage all 181 members of the Texas Legislature in support of additional resources to address a rapidly growing highway funding gap. Much has been accomplished and there is more work to be done -- the Texas highway funding gap is still a long way from being filled.

 

January 1, 2016
PROJECT SELECTION ON SENATE COMMITTEE AGENDA
- The Senate Transportation Committee has a list of seven interim charges to consider.

 

December 15, 2016
I-14 AND I-69 DESIGNATIONS ADDED IN TEXAS
- The new federal highway bill includes provisions that designate SH 44 as part of the I-69 system and create the Central Texas Corridor and designates it as future Interstate 14.

 

November 9, 2015

HOUSE TRANSPORTTION INTERIM CHARGES - Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has issued interim charges instructing the House Transportation Committee to study a list of topics.

 

November 4, 2015

TEXANS DO IT AGAIN: PROP 7 GETS 83% APPROVAL - Texas voters continue to approve the building blocks necessary to address the serious highway funding gap that has been facing the state. As they did with Proposition 1 in 2014, voters overwhelmingly approved Prop 7 on the Nov. 3rd ballot,

 

October 25, 2015

EDITORIAL BOARDS ENDORSE PROP 7 WITH NO RESERVATIONS - Editorial boards at the state's major newspapers are unanimous in urging Texas voters to approve Proposition 7, the highway funding amendment on the Nov. 3rd ballot.

 

October 22, 2015

STAR-TELEGRAM EDITORIAL SUPPORT - Editorial writers at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram say that if Texans vote for only one item on the Nov. 3 ballot, it should be Proposition 7.

 

October 21, 2015

NICHOLS CALLS FOR VOTERS TO SUPPORT PROP 7 - Senator Robert Nichols, chairman of the Texas Senate Transportation Committee is calling on Texans to help solve the shortfall in highway funding and to again join in seeing that the state makes necessary investments for the future.

 

September 29, 2015

TEXANS URGED TO PASS PROP 7 - Community leaders across Texas are joining with state officials and members of the Legislature in urging voters to support additional reliable funding for Texas highway by approving Proposition 7 on the November ballot.

 

August 28, 2015
LEGISLATURE MAKES MAJOR HEADWAY ON FUNDING GAP
- The Legislature took major steps this year to keep highway congestion levels and pavement conditions from deteriorating further. Steps included offering Proposition 7 for voter consideration and ending most Highway Fund diversions.

 

August 27, 2015
TxDOT COMPILES LEGISLATIVE REVIEW
- The TxDOT staff has prepared a comprehensive review of transportation-related legislation enacted by the 84th Texas Legislature that finished its work in June. The report is an overview of important transportation bills.

 

August 12, 2015
HIGHWAY BILL HEADED THE WRONG WAY
- Congress has approved another patch for federal highway funding and will take up a longer-term bill in the fall. The Heritage Foundation says Texas is the only state in the union that has been receiving less in highway funding than it paid in.

 

August 6, 2015
CONGRESS FLIRTING WITH DISASTER
- Editorial writers at the San Antonio Express-News have joined the wide range of interests sounding the alarm about the inability of the U.S. Congress to agree on future funding of highways and bridges.

 

June 1, 2015
GUNDING AMENDMENT GOING TO THE VOTERS
- The Texas Senate approved by a vote of 31-0 and the Texas House followed with a vote of 141-1. With that state lawmakers offered Texas voters the opportunity to approve additional constitutionally dedicated revenue.

 

May 26, 2015
DEAL REACHED ON SJR 5 FUNDING
- The SJR 5 Conference Committee has reached agreement on a proposed constitutional amendment that would let the voters decide whether to provide additional funding for Texas highways and bridges. The proposal would dedicate $2.5 billion a year in sales tax revenues to transportation.

 

May 6, 2015
SJR 5 GOES TO CONFERENCE COMMITTEE
- The Texas Senate declined to concur in House amendments to SJR 5 and requested a conference committee be named. House and Senate committee members have been appointed.

 

April 24, 2015
TRANSPORTATION FUNDING GAINING MOMENTUM
- Significant progress has been made on moving proposals for additional highway funding through the Texas Legislature. The House will soon take up the legislative session's most important piece of funding legislation.

 

April 15, 2015
100 CRITICAL HIGHWAY PROJECTS IDENTIFIED
- A national transportation research group called TRIP has identified the 100 highway improvements most needed to support economic growth and quality of life in Texas. Many projects are on portions of I-35 and in the Houston metro area.

 

March 30, 2015
COMMUNITY LEADERS SUPPORT DEDICATED FUNDIN
G - Local leaders and community organizations from across the state are taking the position that Texas needs a new dedicated source of funding for transportation. More than 50 cities and groups have joined in a statement.

 

March 23, 2015
HJR 13 WOULD DEDICATE MORE THAN $3 BILLION A YEAR
- The Texas House Transportation Committee has considered a proposed constitutional amendment that would dedicate more than $3 billion a year to help fill the highway funding shortfall.

 

March 23, 2015
TEXAS TRIBUNE: LAWMAKERS AND TOLL ROADS
- The Texas Tribune's Aman Batheja has posted a story noting that anti-toll road sentiment at the State Capitol is at its highest level in at least a decade.

 

March 17, 2015
TEXAS CAN'T AFFORD SMALL FUNDING MEASURES
- Texas has been relying for more than a decade on one-time funding jolts to keep transportation projects moving through the planning, approval and construction pipeline. Scott Haywood of Move Texas Forward points out that it is time for predictable, long-term sources of revenue..

 

March 4, 2015
NICHOLS HIGHWAY FUNDING INITIATIVE APPROVED BY SENATE
- A significant portion of future state vehicle sales tax revenues would be dedicated to building highways and paying off debt on past highway projects if a proposal by Sen. Robert Nichols is approved by lawmakers and then by Texas voters. The Senate has approved his legislation -- SB 5 and Senate Joint Resolution 5.

 

February 10, 2015
STARS ALIGNED FOR TRANSPORTATION FUNDING
- In a recent editorial the Dallas Morning News finds a lot to like about the proposal by Sen. Robert Nichols and Sen. Jane Nelson to let voters decide whether to dedicate a significant portion of future vehicle sales tax revenues to the State Highway Fund. The plan passed out of the Senate on a 28-2 vote and was sent to the House for consideration. The Editorial Board finds it encouraging "to see the stars so aligned" on transportation funding.

 

February 2, 2015
HOUSE COMMITTEE NAMED
- Texas House Speaker Joe Straus has appointed the 13 members of the House Committee on Transportation and named Rep. Joe Pickett of El Paso as committee chairman.  Rep. Armando Martinez of Weslaco is committee vice chairman. Other committee members are: Rep. Cindy Burkett of Garland, Rep. Yvonne Davis of Dallas, Rep. Allen Fletcher of Cypress, Rep. Patricia Harless of Spring, Rep. Celia Israel of Austin, Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon of San Antonio, Rep. Jose Menendez of San Antonio, Rep. Andrew S. Murr of Austin, Rep. Chris Paddle of Marshall, Rep. Larry Phillips of Sherman and Rep. Ron Simmons of Carrollton.

 

January 26, 2015
COMMITEES OFFER INTERIM RECOMMENDATIONS
- The House Committee on Transportation and the House Select Committee on Transportation Funding, Expenditures and Finance have issued their reports to fellow members of the House on issues studied during the interim.

 

January 25, 2015
SENATE TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE NAMED
- Senator Robert Nichols will again be the chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee. Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick named Senator Don Huffines, newly-elected senator from Dallas County, as vice chair.

 

January 15, 2015
TxDOT READY TO PUT PROP 1 FUNDING TO WORK
- Speaking to a large gathering at a Transportation Advocates of Texas reception, Transportation Commission Member Jeff Austin said TxDOT is ready to put the first $1.7 billion from Prop 1 to work dealing with highway preservation and traffic congestion.

 

December 24, 2014
TxDOT RANKED TOPS IN COST EFFECTIVENESS
- Texas has the highest overall rating and is the most cost-effective state highway system among the nation’s 20 most populous states. That is the bottom line of the Reason Foundation’s 21st Annual Highway Report ratings. TxDOT Executive Director Joe Weber says that is just one example of the agency's achievements in the past year.

 

December 9, 2014
ABBOTT PLAN WOULD ADD $4 BILLON TO ROAD FUNDING
- A month after being elected to serve as the next Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott stepped forward December 8 to stand firm on his campaign plan to make additional funding for highways a top priority. He indicated he will press the Legislature to advance proposals that would add as much as $4 billion more a year to highway funding through a combination of sources including oil and gas production fees authorized by Prop 1, dedicating an estimated $2 billion a year from vehicle sales taxes, and ending the practice of using fuel tax revenues for purposes other than highway construction, maintenance and policing.

 

TAOT LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM FOR 2015 - The board of directors of Transportation Advocates of Texas, Inc., has adopted a 2015 LEGISLATIVE PROGRAM the supports passage of new, long-term, sustainable funding for transportation.

 

November 16, 2014
ABBOTT BACKING MORE MONEY FOR HIGHWAYS
- Texas Governor-Elect Greg Abbott made investing more revenue in transportation projects a major theme of his successful bid to lead Texas.

 

November 5, 2014
AMENDMENT A BIG FIRST STEP
- Voters gave Prop 1 an 80% vote of approval. TAoT offers a special thanks to Sen. Nichols and Rep. Pickett for their tireless work on behalf of the proposal they originated. TAoT also thanks all voters for their support and will be asking lawmakers to approve additional long-term funding.

 

October 18, 2014
TEXAS EDITORIAL BOARDS SAY VOTE "FOR" PROP 1
- Newspaper editorial boards across Texas are urging the state's voters to vote for the highway funding constitutional amendment of the November 4th General Election Ballot.

 

October 17, 2014
TAB: TEXAS NEEDS MORE MONEY FOR HIGHWAYS
- The Texas Association of Business explains its position on investing in the state's transportation system.

 

October 16, 2014
NOLAN RYAN REMINDING TEXANS TO BACK PROP 1
- The Hall of Fame pitcher has joined the effort to inform Texans about the growing need to improve Texas highways starting with passage of Prop 1. 

 

September 20, 2014
WEBER SEES BIG NEEDS IN THE OIL PATCH
- TxDOT chief Joe Weber told TAoT members that the state is falling further and further behind in the Permian Basin and South Texas counties where oil and gas drilling is intense.

 

September 7, 2014
DMN EDITORIAL URGES SUPPORT FOR PROP 1
- The Dallas Morning News Editorial Board recommends voter support.

 

August 30 ,2014
MOST CONGESTED ROAD RANKINGS RELEASED
- No surprises here. The state's most congested roadways are still in Houston, Austin, Dallas, and Fort Worth where the number of cars continues increase along with strong population growth.

 

August 26, 2014
EAST TEXAS LEADERS SOUND HIGHWAY FUNDING ALARM
- State Senator Kevin Eltife says members of the Legislature should stop running up debt and find the new revenue for the state's highway system. He was on a panel with Jeff Austin III and Scott Haywood.

 

August 9, 2014
CONGRESS HITS THE SNOOZE BUTTON AGAIN
- Congress has approved another short-term fix for the Highway Trust Fund for the fifth time in the past eight years. The $11 billion package sets aside only enough money to finance transportation projects until May.

 

July 29, 2014
PICKETT: TEXANS DON'T KNOW GAS TAX FIXED AT 20 CENTS
- Rep. Joe Pickett, chairman of the House Select Transportation Committee, told Transportation Advocates of Texas about what he has learned while crisscrossing the state talking to groups of Texans.

 

July 28, 2014
DELISI: PASSING PROP 1 IS NOT ENOUGH
- Former Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Deirdre Delisi provides her perspective on federal and state highway funding.

 

July 18, 2014
INFORMATION AVAILABLE ON NEED FOR HIGHWAY INVESTMENTS
- Organizations associated with the Transportation Advocates of Texas are working to inform Texans about the growing need to improve infrastructure investment in the state starting with passage of Prop 1.

 

July 16, 2014
KEY FACTS ABOUT PROPOSITION
1 - Texans will go to the polls in November to decide whether to dedicate oil and gas tax revenues to highway projects.

 

May 31, 2014
SPEAKER STRAUS: LET'S END HIGHWAY FUND DIVERSIONS
- House Speaker Joe Straus met with members of the Transportation Advocates of Texas and pledged to help chic away at the growing shortfall in highway funding in Texas.

 

May 20, 2014
TRIBUNE: FUNDING WOES NAB THE SPOTLIGHT
- The public policy discussion around transportation is getting louder. Read what the Texas Tribune has to say.

 

May 15, 2014
TTI UPDATES TEXAS GAS TAX FACTS
- The Texas Transportation Institute has updated a simple fact sheet explaining the gasoline tax in Texas and explaining how the tax impacts families.

 

May 9, 2014
WSJ SHINES LIGHT ON TEXAS FUNDING SHORTFAL
L - In an in-depth front page story the Wall Street Journal explores the fact that the Texas population growth is forcing the state to grapple with how to pay for highways and other infrastructure needed to deal with growth.

 

April 6, 2014
COMMITTEES WILL ASSESS FUNDING CRISIS
- House and Senate select transportation committees have been names. Rep Joe Pickett and Sen. Robert Nichols are the chairmen.

 

March 20, 2014
STATEWIDE CANDIDATES TALK UP HIGHWAY FUNDIN
G - Candidates running for statewide offices have been making campaign pledges saying they will deal with the growing highway funding crisis.

 

March 5, 2014
FEDERAL HIGHWAY TRUST FUND IN CRISIS
- The Highway Trust Fund will run dry later this year if Congress does not act. Some groups are supporting an increase in the federal gasoline tax.

 

February 17, 2014

LEGISLATIVE COMMITTEES GET INTERIM ASSIGNMENTS - House and Senate committees have been given interim charge assignments dealing with transportation.

 

January 20, 2014

INSIGHTS ON SHIFT TO LOCAL FUNDING OF HIGHWAYS - Shifting the burden for part of the cost of highways to local communities is increasing. Ben Wear of the American-Statesman tracks the history of this accelerating trend.

 

January 18, 2014
HOUGHTON SAYS MORE LOCAL FUNDING WILL BE REQUIRED
- Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Ted Houghton told a TAoT audience that local cities and counties will have to come up with part of the money to fund many highway projects.

 

January 17, 2014
PAST COMMISSIONERS TO PROMOTE HIGHWAY AMENDMENT
- Four former TxDOT commissioners will help lead a campaign to win voter support for the Highway Funding Constitutional Amendment.

 

January 5, 2014

RAINY DAY FUND TURNING INTO REVENUE FLOOD - Booming new oil production levels in Texas mean that revenues from oil and natural gas production taxes flowing are soaring. Texas voters can approve dedicating half of these revenues to bolster the State Highway Fund and still see the "Rainy Day Fund" overflow.

 

October 20, 2013
STATESMAN SAYS STOP KICKING THE FUNDING CAN
- The editorial writers at the Austin American Statesman point out that growth is overwhelming Texas highways and that the consequences are real and challenging.

 

October 3, 2013
MOST TEXANS WOULD PAY MORE FOR BETTER HIGHWAYS
- Another poll has confirmed that Texans are willing to pay additional taxes and fees to have highways that are well maintained and help them get to their destination safely, without undue delay and with minimal frustration.

 

September 20, 2013
WILSON SAYS TxDOT TRYING TO STRETCH AVAILABLE DOLLARS
- Our state is growing fast, our highway system is getting old, funding provided does not begin to meet the needs. TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson provides an assessment of what the department will do to stretch available funding.

 

September 2, 2013

LEGISLATURE APPROVES A PATCHWORK OF HIGHWAY BILLS - During seven months of work members of the 2013 Texas Legislature passed an appropriations bill that provided highways with only a small increase in net funding. That includes $200 million a year for construction and $225 million one-time to fix rural roads being destroyed by oilfield equipment and thousands of trucks.

 

August 22, 2013

HIGHWAYS COULD GET $1.2 BILLION MORE A YEAR - The Legislature was successful in passing SJR1 which will send a constitutional amendment to the voters in 2014 asking them to allocate oil and gas revenues to highways.

 

May 13, 2013
TEXAS STILL HEADING TOWARD HIGHWAY FUNDING CLIFF
- Despite hopes, it is clear the Legislature will not address highway funding before the end of the 2013 Regular Legislative Session.

 

April 12, 2013
HIGHWAY FUNDING BILLS GET HEARING IN HOUSE
- A total of eight important bills aimed at filling the highway funding gap were heard by the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Budget Transparency and Reform.

 

February 20, 2013
HIGHWAY FUNDING: "THE CLIMATE HAS CHANGED"
- More than 200 transportation professionals participating in a TAoT event heard that there has been a noticeable change in the conversation about transportation funding in Texas.

 

February 8, 2013

TRANSPORTATION FUNDING 101 A SUCCESS - More than 100 representatives of Texas legislative offices, including several members, participated in the funding seminar presented by the Transportation Advocates of Texas.

 

January 28, 2013
TRIP LISTS STATE'S 100 MOST DEFICIENT ROADS AND BRIDGES
- A national group is warning that Texas needs to spend more on highways. See the Top 10 list or download the report.

 

January 5, 2013

HOUSE COMMITTEE INTERIM REPORT - The Texas House Transportation Committee urges the members of the Legislature to explore new sustainable sources of highway funding.

 

December 18, 2012
EDITORIAL SAYS LAWMAKERS MUST GET SERIOUS
- A Dallas Morning News editorial calls on members of the Legislature to get serious about transportation funding.

 

December 7, 2012
ADVOCATES ADOPT LEGISLATIVE AGENDA
- TAoT calls for passage of long-term, sustainable, growing sources of revenues to fund transportation.

 

November 30, 2012
ADVOCATES REACH OUT WITH THE GOOD AND BAD NEWS
- Facts about congestion and declining highway funding are distilled in a simple summary sheet.

 

October 17, 2012

FUNDING OPTIONS BEING AIRED - The Texas Tribune reports on proposals to raise vehicle registration fees and to direct sales taxes on vehicles to transportation projects.

 

October 15, 2012

ROADS COSTING YOU UP TO $2,000 A YEAR - Crumbling roads are costing the typical Texas driver big bucks every year according to a new study by TRIP.

 

October 10, 2012

SEN. NICHOLS NEW CHAIR - Senator Robert Nichols has been appointed as chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation. He is a former Transportation Commissioner and knows transportation issues.

 

September 17, 2012

REPLACEMENT FOR GAS TAX? - The Wall Street Journal takes a good look at options for replacing the failing federal gasoline and diesel tax system including the trend toward using tolls. Toll roads tend to be more popular than the alternative funding options.

 

September 9, 2012
PERRYMAN SAYS NEW FUNDING CRUCIAL
- Economist Ray Perryman talks about the economic importance of roads and the crucial need to identify a mechanism for funding highway projects and maintenance.

 

August 12, 2012
HOUGHTON TALKS ABOUT FUNDING OPTIONS
- The Chairman of the Transportation Commission proposed that lawmakers consider using part of the state's Rainy Day Fund to help fund transportation.

 

August 11, 2012
GETTING READY FOR PANAMA CANAL
- The Panama Canal Stakeholder Working Group has been holding meetings at major Texas seaports to discuss recommendations.

 

July 16, 2012
THE COST OF DOING NOTHING IS NOT CHICKEN FEED
- The cost of inaction falls on every Texas household in lost time, accidents, vehicle damage and higher fuel costs. We have details.

 

July 16, 2012
HIGHWAY FUNDING IN DECLINE
- Tax rates were set based on our needs 20 years ago. Here are the facts about highway funding in decline and maxed out bond debt that has been used to keep construction going the past few years.

 

July 10, 2012
COMMITTEE LOOKS AT FUNDING HOLE
- A report on the July 9th legislative hearing on funding transportation.

 

June 25, 2012
HUNDREDS OF RURAL PROJECTS - NOT MUCH MONEY
- The TxDOT Commission has adopted the Texas Rural Transportation Plan 2035. Implementing the Plan will be difficult.

 

April 30, 2012
JUST THE FACTS PLEAS
E - TAoT has produced an information card as part of its public education campaign and is making it available. You can print out a copy here.

 

March 18, 2012
$2 BILLION NOT PART OF A SUSTAINABLE SOLUTION
- Funds have been identified on a one-time basis that can push some additional highway projects forward.

 

February 29, 2012
ADVOCATES RECOGNIZE NEW TxDOT LEADERS
- TAoT honored Chairman Ted Houghton and Executive Director Phil Wilson at a San Antonio reception.

 

January 24, 2012
FUEL TAX HIKES BEING DISCUSSED BY SEVERAL STATES
- Multiple state legislatures have started looking at initiatives that would raise their fuel tax rates. Find out where Texas fits.

 

January 13, 2012
SENATE WILL LOOK AT DEBT ISSUE DURING INTERIM
- The Senate Transportation and Homeland Security Committee will be working on interim charges. We have the list.

 

December 20, 2011

FUNDING SHORTFALL ON LEGISLATIVE AGENDA FOR INTERIM - The House Transportation Committee has its assignments for 2012 including developing long-term funding ideas.

 

December 5, 2011

FIRST SEGMENT OF I-69 ADDED TO INTERSTATE SYSTEM - A milestone was reached when signs went up on the first section of Interstate I-69 in Texas, a 6.2-mile stretch connected to I-37 at Corpus Christi.

 

November 1, 2011

TRANSPORTATION PRIORITIES ADVANCED IN 2011 LEGISLATURE - Important incremental gains in financing improvements to our state's transportation infrastructure were achieved during this year's legislative session including $3 billion in Prop. 12 bond funds.

 

July 27, 2011

EIGHT LAWMAKERS HONORED BY TAoT FOR LEADERSHIP - A luncheon was held in honor of four members of the Senate and four members of the House of Representatives who provided strong leadership on transportation issues.

 

April 28, 2011

LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE - The Economist looks at the state of the American infrastructure which seems to be falling apart. An interesting read.