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Welcome to the official website for the
Texas Senate
 
Senate Committee on Transportation
NOTE: This is archived committee information from the 84th Legislative Session.

Committee Information

CHAIR
Robert Nichols

VICE-CHAIR
Don Huffines

MEMBERS
Rodney Ellis
Troy Fraser
Sylvia Garcia
Bob Hall
Kelly Hancock
Lois Kolkhorst
Van Taylor

 

DIRECTOR:
Amy Jeter

TEL:
(512) 463-0067

LOCATION:
Sam Houston Building, 450

Reports

The following reports are available for download:

Interim Charges

  • Monitor any new and anticipated revenue appropriated to the Texas Department of Transportation and make recommendations that address project prioritization and selection, effectiveness of staffing levels and project delivery methods.
  • Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of the state's Vehicle Inspection Program. Make recommendations on how to compress or otherwise reduce the number of required inspections.
  • Review State Highway Fund grants and loans to Regional Mobility Authorities (RMA) and make recommendations if additional oversight procedures are needed to ensure the RMA's expenditures are a valid and accountable use of State Highway Funds.
  • Study the demand placed on the state's ports, roadways and railways resulting from the Panama Canal expansion and make recommendations to ensure transportation infrastructure is adequate to accommodate increases in imports and exports.
  • Evaluate the necessity of the Driver Responsibility Program and make recommendations for alternative methods of achieving the programs objectives.
  • Review current state and federal regulations, penalties and fines related to oversize and overweight vehicles and make recommendations to minimize impacts on the state's roadways and bridges.
  • Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Senate Committee on Transportation during the 84th Legislature, Regular Session and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, monitor the following:
    1. Progress of the Texas Department of Transportation's efforts to propose a plan to eliminate toll roads;
    2. Removing eminent domain authority from private toll corporations;
    3. Ending the issuing of any new debt from the Texas Mobility Fund (TMF) and prohibiting future use of the TMF on toll projects; and
    4. The Sunset Advisory Commission's review of the Texas Department of Transportation.