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RTC approves legislative program for 86th session

Posted Jan. 14, 2019

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NCTCOG’s Regional Transportation Council (RTC) has finalized its legislative program for the 86th Texas Legislature, which began Jan. 8. The RTC remains focused on continuing to improve transportation and air quality and ensuring funding and financing mechanisms are available to support investments in the region’s transportation infrastructure.

Legislation supporting regional and local decision-making processes by metropolitan planning organizations, county commissioner courts and city councils is a top priority, along with their ability to use tolling, managed lanes, debt financing and public-private partnerships. The RTC is also seeking legislation to ensure fair-share allocation of funds to metropolitan regions, clarify definitions of toll road and comprehensive development agreement, and seek additional revenue for transportation.

While recent legislative sessions have provided more revenue for transportation, funding realities warrant additional action this session.

The RTC is encouraging the Legislature to reinstate and protect the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan program revenue, reinstate the appropriation of dedicated revenues to the Low-Income Repair and Replacement Assistance Program (LIRAP) and Local Initiative Projects (LIP), and appropriate LIRAP’s residual balance of previously-collected funds. A proposal to modernize the LIRAP and LIP programs would focus more on transportation projects with an air quality benefit.

Furthermore, progress should build on past efforts to retain eminent domain authority in transportation corridors and implement performance-based planning.

Learn more about the RTC’s legislative affairs, including efforts for which it will provide additional support during the 140-day session.

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