Commissioners in Dallas County, TX, say the local economy would suffer
if new roads were tolled.
The commission asked staff at a meeting this week to provide funding
options, besides tolls, for future roads.
Dallas County currently has two toll roads, with
proposals on the table for several new roads.
One county commissioner, Kenneth Mayfield, was quoted by local
television as saying toll revenue diverted to education delays progress on road
The Texas Department of Transportation shares 66 percent of fuel taxes
with state education programs.
Six hundred miles to the west of Dallas, in the Brazos Valley, a regional council of governments is thinking toll roads will be necessary to fund new
The Brazos Valley Council of Governments formed a consensus at its
annual meeting this week that the planned Texas 249 from Navasota to Houston,
also known as the Aggie Expressway to be built in 2013, should be a strong
candidate to become a toll road.
Regional Texas governments have been authorized to build and operate
toll roads since 2001, according to the Texas Legislature.
Brazos Valley, with seven counties represented in the
regional council, has identified $325 million in potential funding, but has a
$1.05 billion list of transportation needs, the Bryan-College Station Eagle reported.
College Station has $19 million set aside for roads in
2007, but its list of needs tops $121 million, the Eagle reported.
Commissioners have not determined how much revenue a regional toll road