On Feb. 27, 2020, the Texas Transportation Commission (commission) adopted rules, codified as Title 43 Texas Administrative Code §§15.180 - 15.197 (rules), that prescribe the policies and procedures governing the Texas Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) implementation of the County Transportation Infrastructure Fund Grant Program (program) under Transportation Code, Chapter 256, Subchapter C. Pursuant to the program, TxDOT will administer a grant program using the transportation infrastructure fund and provide funding to eligible counties for transportation infrastructure projects located in areas of the state affected by increased oil and gas production.
On March 26, 2020, the commission specified the period of time in fiscal year 2020 for submission of county grant applications for the program, and the total amount of grant money available for the designated period.
April 27, 2020 – May 27, 2020
Applications are required to be submitted electronically by email to TxDOT at CTIF2020@txdot.gov.
A complete application consists of the following three documents:
Any county application submitted before April 27, 2020, will be deemed received by TxDOT on April 27, 2020, for purposes of TxDOT's review timeline under the applicable statute and rules. No application will be accepted after May 27, 2020.
Estimated Grant Funds Available: $250,000,000
2020 Program Background Information
The 86th Legislature (2019), in House Bill 4280, modified the statutory allocation formula for the program and added some program requirements for county grant recipients. Specifically, HB 4280 amended Subchapter C, Chapter 256, Transportation Code, by adding Section 256.107, to require that, when a county uses program funds to contract for construction or maintenance, the county must competitively bid (low-bid) the projects and publicly open the bids. Under Section 256.108, Transportation Code, a county must spend the county’s grant allocation within five years from the award date.
HB 4280 modifies the statutory allocation formula for the program by adding the vertical well completion ratio as a factor in the program allocation formula and adjusts the relative percentages of two other factors to establish the following revised allocation formula for distributing grant funds among the counties:
TxDOT will rely on data from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, the Texas Railroad Commission, and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles to calculate the allocation of grant funds appropriately with the updated formula requirements of the program.
The 86th Legislature has appropriated $250 million for the 2020 program call. HB 4280 will require TxDOT to update and to modify the program’s current administrative rules, program documents, and agreements. The proposed changes to the administrative rules were approved (as draft) by the commission at the November meeting. The final rules were approved by the commission at the February meeting and published in the Texas Register on March 13, 2020, with an effective date of March 18, 2020.