Freshman state Rep. Jared Patterson, R-Frisco, on Monday filed House Bill 803, a transparency measure that would require all Texas toll road entities to publish toll road-specific financial data, instead of just systemwide information.
“Residents of House District 106 are triple-taxed on transportation," Patterson said in a news release. "We pay the gas tax, we pay tolls for our roads, and then we pay tolls to build roads in other areas. It’s time to shed light on each toll road individually so Texans have a better understanding of what their tolls are paying for and when the tolls can be reduced or eliminated. This bill is a step toward that goal.”
House District 106, which encompasses eastern Denton County, contains three major toll roads: the Dallas North Tollway, the Sam Rayburn Tollway and the Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge. Operated by the North Texas Tollway Authority, revenues from these roads help finance work in other areas of the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
"People have a right to know the financial disposition of each toll project, not just the toll system as a whole, Patterson said in the release. "Currently, this information is not readily available. Tolling authorities need to change that."