Tribpedia: Transportation

Texas requires an extensive and expensive system of highways, railways and roads.

Building new roads and maintaining old ones has become increasingly costly, and efforts to keep that balance have been politically perilous.

The Trans-Texas Corridor — an attempt to pull together a master plan for the next stage of transportation building in the state — fell to political foes who objected to the costs, the amount of land required, and the routes, among other things.

Other ideas have found some regional acceptance in the face of opposition, such as allowing private companies to build roads and to be repaid by tolls from drivers who use those roads.

And some ideas — like raising gasoline taxes and/or indexing the tax rate to inflation — have stalled in the Legislature.


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