What if we could dramatically improve transportation in Texas — and do it with already-existing funding sources?
That’s what a new Texas House resolution proposes to do. Introduced on April 20, HJR 109 would create a constitutional amendment enabling Texans to vote to expand what the state’s Department of Transportation is allowed to do with gas tax revenues. Currently, those funds can only be used to build more roads — but expanding their targets to include public transit, walking and biking infrastructure, and other transportation options would dramatically reshape the state for cleaner and safer mobility.
“Our current transportation system is wreaking havoc on our health and the health of our planet,” said TexPIRG State Director Bay Scoggin. “Decades of car-centered investment strategies have left us with inefficient and dangerous transportation infrastructure — and this resolution is exactly the forward-thinking strategy we need to give Texans more and better options to get around.”
Tell your legislators to stand up to wasteful highway expansion plans
We need to stop wasting money on highway "boondoggles," which research shows tend to exacerbate traffic congestion rather than alleviate it. Call on your legislators to shelve plans for these wasteful projects and instead invest in providing more transportation options and maintaining the roads we have.
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