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

Data Author Source
2030 needs 2030 Committee Texas Transportation Needs Report, February 2009
Needs update (2035)
2030 Committee
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 Texas Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations Presentation to the Texas Transportation Commission, May 28, 2009
Forecast of transportation finance Texas Association Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Texas Transportation Institute, Center for Transportation Research, Texas Department of Transportation Funding the Future, July 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

The Challenges

Data Author Source
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

The Discussion

Data Author Source
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