Texas: State Lawmaker Pushes Traffic Fixes Without Using Tolls

Texas traffic can be frustrating to say the least. Sitting on I-35 for hours has become the norm for most commuters.

The state’s leaders have made it clear they don’t want to add more toll roads or raise the gas tax to fund new infrastructure. So one state lawmaker is once again trying to pass a pair of bills she thinks will help ease that congestion. Rep. Celia Israel, D-Austin, filed legislation that would create a pilot program to allow buses to drive on the shoulder of the highway, going no more than 30 miles per hour.

The other would allow more state employees to work from home. The latter passed both the House and Senate last session but the Governor vetoed it.

“I think there was a misunderstanding,” Rep. Israel said. “I think he felt like there was a potential to abuse overtime and comp time.”