Port Access Improvement (Rider) Program
In each legislative session since 2015, the Texas Legislature has included budget riders in the General Appropriations Act that have authorized a total $100 million for projects to improve access to maritime ports throughout the state. The funding comes from the Texas Mobility Fund or other eligible sources. All projects that receive funding are selected by the Port Authority Advisory Committee and approved by the Texas Transportation Commission.
The first two rounds of funding— $20 million in 2015 (Rider 45) and $40 million in 2017 (Rider 48)—allowed TxDOT to approve grants for 20 projects along the coast that improved and widened public roadways, added truck queuing lanes in high-traffic areas, improved signage and gates at rail crossings and upgraded intersections near Texas ports.
The most recent round of appropriations-- $40 million in 2019 (Rider 38)—is funding the projects listed in the link below. These projects were selected by the PAAC on March 30, 2020. Projects that are located on roadways owned by entities other than TxDOT were approved by the Commission in May 2020; projects located on TxDOT roadways were approved in the Unified Transportation Plan update.