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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
- Dedicating car sales taxes to the highway fund
- Ensuring all gas tax revenue goes to the highway fund
- Banning texting while driving
- Reviewing state policies on toll roads
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