TxDOT spends millions to promote Trans-Texas Corridor

| 8/21/2007

Some state lawmakers in Texas are not too happy about the money the state DOT is spending to promote the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor.

According to the Houston Chronicle, officials with the Texas Department of Transportation plan to spend between $7 million and $9 million on a TV, radio and billboard campaign with the slogan, “Keep Texas Moving.”

“My reaction as an appropriator … is that it’s never the intent to appropriate money to an agency to promote their agency,” state Rep. Warren Chisum, R-Pampa, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee, told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio.

The proposed multi-billion-dollar Trans-Texas Corridor would be a series of toll roads built and operated by private investors.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry and the state DOT are pushing hard to get the massive project going. But lawmakers placed a moratorium on a number of toll road construction projects until they have more time to study it.

– By Reed Black, staff writer