On Roads, Legislature Backed More Tolls, Debt Over Cash

Texas political leaders entered this legislative session hopeful they might transform the state’s approach to funding transportation. After a decade of relying largely on borrowed money and tolls to expand the state’s highways, finding new revenue made economic sense, many lawmakers said.

But when the regular session ended Monday, the Texas Department of Transportation wound up with a fraction of the additional funding it requested. And legislators passed measures advancing toll projects and making it easier for communities to pay for road work on credit.

“I’m frustrated, but we are not ending this discussion,” said state Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo ...

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