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.
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. The tables below list the source material for data found in the brochure.
Transportation Needs and Costs
|2030 needs||2030 Committee||Texas Transportation Needs Report, February 2009|
|Needs update (2035)
||Texas Transportation Needs Report, "It’s About Time: Investing in Transportation to Keep Texas Economically Competitive," March 2011
|Long-range planning||TxDOT Transportation Planning and Programming Division||Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan, 2010 Report|
|Estimated Construction and Maintenance Needs map||TxDOT Transportation Planning and Programming Division||Referenced in the Texas Statewide Long-Range Transportation Plan 2035 - Executive Summary, November 2010|
|Revenue projections||Association of Texas Metropolitan Planning Organizations||Presentation to the Texas Transportation Commission, May 28, 2009|
|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, December 2002|
|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," July 2013|
|Purchasing power of state fuel tax (chart)||State Legislative Affairs||State Fuel Tax Deposits to the State Highway Fund, Fiscal Years 1993-2012
|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
|Funding options||TxDOT Testimony to the Select Committee on Transportation Funding
||Legislator Requests Options to Increase Annual Transportation Funding Options, 83rd State Legislature
|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|