Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition
Friday, May 2, 2014
11:00 a.m.
The U.S. Highway Trust Fund is expected to have a $10 billion deficit this year. The gasoline tax that supports the fund hasn't been raised in 19 years.


Legislative Advocacy Successes

During the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, the DRMC and its members played an active role in securing passage of numerous critical measures, including:
• Legislation that, if approved by voters in November 2014, will authorize the most significant, non-debt funding increase for TxDOT ($1.2 billion annually) in almost two decades
• Public-Private Partnership authority for three key regional projects:
(1) SH183 and connectors (south exit to DFW)
(2) IH35E/US 67 (Dallas Southern Gateway from Horseshoe bridges south to county line)
(3) Loop 9 (corridor preservation for Dallas Inland Port)
• Toll enforcement measures for NTTA
• Authorization for counties to create “energy reinvestment zones” to help fund repair of roads in the active drilling areas
• Streamlining of certain environmental reviews by TxDOT
• New options for driver’s license renewals
• Simplification of the vehicle registration and inspection process

Valuable Monthly Meetings

The DRMC’s monthly meetings, consistently attended by the media and policy makers, have been a forum for fostering member dialogue and breaking news stories on emerging issues. Members have been able to hear from, and share their thoughts with, influential speakers such as:
• TxDOT Executive Director Phil Wilson
• Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Ted Houghton
• Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin III
• Texas Transportation Commissioner Victor Vandergriff
• State Senator Tommy Williams (R-The Woodlands)
• Lawrence Olsen, Executive Vice President, Texas Good Roads
• Robert Eckels, President, Texas Central High-Speed Railway
• Rodger Jones, Editorial Writer/Transportation, The Dallas Morning News
• Project managers from regionally significant projects such as the LBJ Express, DFW Connector, Horseshoe Project and North Tarrant Express



The Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex is critically dependent upon a robust transportation system. As our rapid growth continues, our transportation system's limitations become even more acute. These limitations negatively affect the regional mobility of people and goods, air quality and resident quality of life while threatening our continued economic prosperity.

The DRMC brings together cities, counties and public transportation agencies on the eastern side of the Metroplex to address these issues on a local, state and federal level. We are collaborating to enhance awareness of transportation issues, and to identify and support feasible solutions.

Through these efforts, we hope to effect change rapidly and to sustain the region's vitality.

Please visit our website often to find the most up-to-date information. We also invite you to sign up for our e-newsletter, so we can provide you with regular updates on DRMC activities, pending legislative action and other important issues.

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