In Federal Fiscal Year 2019, Texas will receive only 95 cents in transportation funding from the federal Highway Trust Fund for every dollar Texans paid directly into the Fund. That means Texas stands alone – still – as the last ‘donor’ state as a result of the outdated apportionment of federal highway funding.
THE 85TH REGULAR SESSION OF THE TEXAS Legislature, which ended on May 29, was a busy time filled with good news for TxDOT. Just to give you an idea of how busy the session was, our State Legislative Affairs staff monitored 880 bills that had the potential to directly affect the agency or that could impact transportation policy in Texas. But the star of the session’s activities – at least as far as transportation goes – was the passage of S.B. 312, or TxDOT’s Sunset Bill. As you may know, TxDOT has undergone Sunset review three times in the past decade – 2009, 2011 and in 2017.
The Texas Department of Transportation has been entrusted by the Legislature and the residents of Texas with billions of dollars for transportation. TxDOT has programmed a 10-year, $70 billion program – the largest in the department’s history...
This year marks TXDOT's 100th anniversary. Even from the first day this agency was signed into law – April 4, 1917 – we were destined to leave an indelible mark on Texas and the nation. But that may have been hard to determine from our beginnings.