Texas Transportation Commission wish list for 2007
2007 legislative wish list in works
Jan. 30, 2006
By Gordon Dickson
Fort worth Star-Telegram
The Texas Transportation Commission is already putting together its wish list for the 2007 legislative session. Here are some examples:
Find money to move freight rail lines out of populated areas, including Tarrant County.
Issue fraud-proof temporary tags for newly purchased automobiles.
Improve planning at the county level for transportation, including Trans-Texas Corridor toll roads, rail lines and utilities.
Seek other transportation funds, possibly from motor-vehicle user fees, fines, bonding and debt financing.
Seek authority to issue bonds to buy existing toll roads and bridges.
Create a way to resolve disputes with private toll-road contractors.
Allow sobriety checkpoints.
Allow cost to be considered before deciding which engineers, architects and other professionals firms to hire for a road project.
Expect changes to the list in the coming months. Commissioners plan to discuss the subject at most monthly meetings through December. To keep track, go to www.dot.state.tx.us.
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