December 14, 2007
The Texas Department of Transportation’s recent announcements about proposed budget cuts have prompted Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, to send a letter to the department asking for clarification on what those cuts could mean for projects approved by the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization.
In a series of 11 questions, Watson asks TxDOT Executive Director Amadeo Saenz if CAMPO allocations have been recommended for reduction, and asks what has changed in the two months since the department’s commitment to provide $500 million to $700 million in highway improvement funding.
“It was the understanding of the CAMPO board that, in addition to the funding acquired by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, the department had committed to substantial funding by means of various categories throughout the term of the TIP,” Watson says in his letter. “This commitment was stated in several public meetings, as well as at the October meeting. It was understood to be in the range of $500 million to $700 million, and it was a critical and determinative factor in the CAMPO board’s decision to approve the department’s requested projects.”
The Texas Transportation Commission will meet again on December 18.