The 84th legislative session ended on June 1, 2015. See the bills that have become law.

Reviewing state policies on toll roads

Curated by Aman Batheja

Amid growing resistance to the state’s toll-road building boom, several lawmakers this session tried, but failed, to end the state's use of toll roads.

However, lawmakers did increase funding for construction of non-tolled roads. They also passed some minor toll-related measures. House Transportation Chairman Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, passed House Bill 2612, which directs the Texas Department of Transportation to develop a report that includes a plan "to eliminate all toll roads” in which TxDOT contributed money to the construction. 

Texas now has more than 500 miles of tolled highways. In the Dallas-Fort Worth area in particular, the proliferation of toll projects has drawn concerns that drivers soon won’t be able to make routine trips without using a toll road.

Updated: June 1, 2015

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