Transportation on the Ballot This November

Posted by Eric Johnson on October 01, 2014 at 10:20 AM

The average north Texas driver will spend over $1,740/year due to traffic congestion and poorly maintained highways according to an article recently printed in the Dallas Morning News.  This and other sobering facts from the study should be a wake-up call for Dallas voters and legislators. 

The average north Texas driver will spend over $1,740/year due to traffic congestion and poorly maintained highways according to an article recently printed in the Dallas Morning News.  This and other sobering facts from the study should be a wake-up call for Dallas voters and legislators.  Our city’s growth is one such complicating factor. We annually add up to 15,000 additional cars per year to Dallas’ streets and highways and Texas’ population is projected to double between now and 2050. 

Infrastructure investment in our highways and bridges is nowhere near matching our projected population.

November’s ballot contains a small step forward by asking voters to authorize “the use and dedication of certain money transferred to the state highway fund to assist in the completion of transportation construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects, not to include toll roads.” Proposition 1 will utilize about $1.4 billion from the State’s Rainy Day fund to supplement TXDOT funding.  

However, TXDOT feels that this will over cover about ¼ of the monies needed, so we will need your support during the upcoming 2015 Legislative Session to make sure we have adequate, save roads and bridges.