Transportation

New Transportation Funding Is On Its Way To Houston, But How Much?

A decision will soon be made on how to spend millions of dollars in Prop 1 money.

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Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Moseley speaks at the October ribbon cutting for the new connector ramps from U.S. 290 to I-10.

The Houston region will soon find out how much money it’s getting as a result of a new Texas constitutional amendment.

Proposition 1 is expected to generate about $1.7 billion this year for transportation projects. The measure allows the state to divert a portion of oil and gas revenues from the Rainy Day Fund.

Speaking before the Transportation Advocacy Group, Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Moseley says the Houston region should get about $275 million, and specific projects could be outlined as soon as next month.

“The legislature was very clear that not a dime of this would go toward toll facilities. They’re also very clear that we should use existing formulas to distribute the funds.”

Under those formulas, about 40 percent of the money will go toward improving the state’s most congested roadways. Thirty-percent will be used to deal with connectivity issues and another 15 percent will be put toward system maintenance.  Moseley says the remaining 15 percent will be used to fix roads damaged by oil and gas exploration.

“And these are primarily farm-to-market roads that were never designed to do what they’re having to do right now but also providing a nice revenue to the state.”

Analysts say the state needs over $4 billion a year just to keep traffic congestion at its current level. Transportation funding will be a big focus when the legislature goes back into session next week. 

 

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Gail Delaughter

Gail Delaughter

Transportation Reporter

From early-morning interviews with commuters to walks through muddy construction sites, Gail covers all aspects of getting around Houston. That includes walking, driving, cycling, taking the bus, and occasionally flying. Before she became transportation reporter in 2011, Gail hosted weekend programs for Houston Public Media. She's also covered courts in...

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