Texas toll moratorium extended through 2010

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Released by Courtney Sanders with U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's office:

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), a member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) Appropriations subcommittee, successfully secured language in a transportation bill that would continue the current ban on placing tolls on existing interstate highways in Texas through September 2010.

In 2007 and 2008, Sen. Hutchison passed legislation that prohibits the tolling of existing federal highways in Texas built with taxpayer dollars. Sen. Hutchison's provision was signed into law as part of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 and 2009 THUD Appropriations bills.

"Again this year, I have worked to ensure that Texas motorists aren't charged to drive on roads they have already paid for through their taxes," Sen. Hutchison said. "My provision extends this taxpayer protection for another year, but we must still pursue a permanent prohibition of tolling existing federal highways so we can prevent this form of double taxation on drivers, once and for all."

Efforts to toll newly constructed lanes or new highways would not be prohibited in Sen. Hutchison's provision.

The THUD Appropriations bill was reported out of the Senate Appropriations Committee and is now ready for consideration by the full Senate.