Texas Transportation Needs to be Addressed in Special Session
Written by Greg on June 26, 2013
Texas Gov. Rick Perry has included an initiative aimed at increasing funding for Texas transportation needs. Given the explosive and continued growth of Texas population, our highways are in desperate need of improvement.
The population has outpaced our planning in Texas and as a result the major metropolitan areas such as Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio have stretches of highway which are sadly congested during commuter travel. Commutes of over an hour are the norm and not the exception.
Each community has specific transportation needs and recent budget cutbacks have slowed down projects that are desperately needed in Texas. Mr. Perry showed leadership in requesting lawmakers to find avenues to fund transportation projects so desperately needed across the state.
Houston has recently undertaken several new projects a few of which are toll-based funded. While residents do not like toll roads, the funding has allowed projects to move forward when no other funding was available.
Hopefully, Texas lawmakers will understand that Texas growth will be hampered unless transportation projects are funded and our highways catch up with our population growth.
The Senate Transportation Committee chairman has proposed a Avenue to fund transportation needs through all production tax revenue. Whether this approach is approved or not, there is no doubt that Texas has substantial need for transportation spending and also education spending.