The Texas transportation system faces challenges like never before. Demand on the system is outpacing available revenue, and factors like inflation, a growing population, an aging infrastructure and more fuel-efficient vehicles are pushing current funding sources to their limits.
A healthy and reliable transportation system is critical for Texas, now and in the future. However, solving the state's current funding problems will require a multi-level approach, with all Texans involved in the planning process. Therefore, TxDOT has developed a Statewide Funding Brochure that outlines the needs of highway and road funding in the state in order to kick-start the discussion.
Note: The tables below list the source material for data found within the Statewide Funding Brochure.
Transportation Needs and Costs
|2030 needs||2030 Committee||Texas Transportation Needs Report. Feb. 2009.|
|2035 needs||TxDOT Transportation Planning and Programming Division||Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan. 2010 Report. 2010.|
|Revenue projections||Association of Texas Metropolitan Planning Organizations||Presentation to the Texas Transportation Commission. May 28, 2009.|
|Costs to taxpayers
||Texas Transportation Needs Report, “It’s About Time: Investing in Transportation to Keep Texas Economically Competitive.” March 2011
|Estimated Construction and Maintenance Needs map||Texas Transportation Institute, Texas A&M University||Referenced in the Texas Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan 2035 - Executive Summary. Nov. 2010.|
|Texas Population Growth chart, 1970-2030||Center for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research and Education||The Texas Challenge in the Twenty-First Century: Implications of Population Change for the Future of Texas. Dec. 2002.|
||TxDOT Finance Division
||April 2012 Cash Forecast|
What Are the Challenges?
|Texas population growth in the 1990s||TxDOT Transportation Planning and Programming Division
||Texas Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan 2035 - Chapter 2. November 2010.|
|VMT increase||TxDOT Transportation Planning and Programming Division||Texas Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan 2035 - Chapter 2. November 2010.|
|Fuel efficiency||The White House||The White House, Office of the Press Secretary. July 29, 2011|
|Inflation||TxDOT Finance Division
||TxDOT 2014-2015 Legislative Appropriations Request. Aug. 30, 2012.|
|Federal funding issues||Congressional Budget Office
||CBO Report, "The Budget and Economic Outlook: Fiscal Years 2012 to 2022." January 2012.|
|Construction and Maintenance Purchasing Power graphic||TxDOT Construction Division||June 2012 Highway Cost Index, 12 month average.
So What's the Discussion?
|Vehicle Registration Fees||Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
||Information provided by the Texas Dept. of Motor Vehicles to the Texas House Appropriations Subcommittee on Articles VI, VII and VIII and the Subcommittee on Funding, July 9, 2012.
|Index or increase the motor fuel tax||Dye Management Group, Inc.||Findings and Analysis: Texas Transportation Funding Challenge. Updated April 2009.|
|Other possibilities||Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts||2012-2013 Certification Revenue Estimate. December 2011|