P.O. Box 12068, State Capitol
Austin, Texas 78711
Tel. (512) 463-0112
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2008
Note: The following letter was read into the record as part of Partners in Mobility's presentation to the Texas Department of Transportation:
Texas Transportation Commission
125 East 11th Street
Austin, Texas 78701
I am proud to lend my support for the core mission of Partners in Mobility, which plays an indispensable role in shaping and advancing our regional mobility priorities.
There is truly no issue of greater importance to our region than transportation; it affects our quality of life, our economic development efforts, the quality of our air, our ability to transport goods and services, and our emergency response systems. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, I am increasingly concerned about the impact our mobility problems have on citizens' access to health care.
During its most recent session, the Legislature authorized a substantial increase in transportation resources. Last November, Texas voters approved an additional $5 billion in general obligation bonds to meet our growing transportation needs. Additionally, the North Texas delegation agreed to exempt key regional projects from the moratorium on private toll roads, allowing our Regional Transportation Council to negotiate concession fees in exchange for the right to toll on new lanes of highway.
While I was thrilled to support those measures, there is much more to be done. As discussions continue about the best way to fund our immense transportation needs, I urge the Commission to recognize that the challenges we face in the Metroplex area have ramifications across the state. North Texas represents the strength of our state economy, so our region's continued growth and development should remain a high priority as transportation dollars are allocated.
Thank you for allowing my input today. I appreciate your service to the citizens of our state, and I look forward to working with you toward our shared goal of improving transportation in Texas.
Very truly yours,
Senator Jane Nelson