As reported by the American-Statesman’s Ben Wear, a House committee heard from supporters and opponents of legislation that would authorize toll agencies to make long-term toll leases with private companies for Texas highway projects — including toll lanes on Interstate 35 in Central Texas. However, officials stressed that many of the 18 leases might never need the special designation sought in the bill. House Bill 2861 was left pending in committee, and likely won’t be voted on for at least a week.
Cathy Cantrell: No more toll roads. They are not being used.
Tammie Ruiz: If you think the tolls aren’t being used, you are wrong. Try it during traffic. It’s like a parking lot.
Jose Zapata: Do they not realize the problem is insufficient travel lanes on Interstate 35, U.S. 183, MoPac and U.S. 290? If they increase travel lanes by two each way, then I don’t see an issue to pay for them via tolls.
Whit Siever: Miami’s Interstate 95 has two toll lanes and three to four free lanes. During rush hour those toll lanes are just as clogged as the rest of the road.
Abe Shamas: The city should offer incentive for through traffic to take Texas 130 not charge them.
Charlie Duncan: Didn’t we just set aside $5 billion in our budget exclusively for roads last session?
Juan J. Benavides: I like the idea because although I don’t always use the tollway, someone else will, meaning less traffic.
Eric Cortez: How about working on the existing toll by making it three to four lanes?
Brian Smith: Like putting a toll on lanes of Interstate 35 would speed anything up.
Bill Dunham: If I could get from Parmer to Ben White in 15 minutes during rush hour, I’d pay a good $5 for that!