"Money can be raised through existing gas taxes, without having to make the roads pay as you go."
Dec 12, 2006
A new study claims the Texas toll road project is inefficient and will not support the future population of the Lone Star State.
When garnering support for the new toll roads, politicians argued it was the only feasible way to fund new roads.
With the amount needed for construction, it would increase gas prices to $3 a gallon if they were to fund the roads instead with a gas tax.
The Texas Transportation Institute out of Texas A&M reports TxDOT overestimated the cost of the toll roads by $30 billion.
The study also says even with the Trans-Texas Corridor, it will take an additional $44 billion in more road construction to support future populations of Texas.
The institute claims the money can be raised through existing gas taxes, without having to make the roads pay as you go.
We brought this study to TxDOT to find out if its true.
"I think what this report shows is that there is no easy solution to how we're going to solve the transportation needs here in Texas. Not only today's needs, but the future needs," Randall Dillard with TxDOT said.
TxDOT says they will study this report and possibly use it to make future recommendations on road work.
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