No new tolls planned for Texas in revised transportation plan

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The Texas Transportation Commission voted December 14 to drop all new toll projects from its 10-year plan.The Texas Transportation Commission voted December 14 to drop all new toll projects from its 10-year plan.

Critics of tolls in Texas have been heard.

The Texas Transportation Commission has decided to remove all new toll projects from its 10-year, $70 billion construction plan, The Associated Press reports.

That includes removing additional express lanes planned for Interstate 35 through Central Texas, according to AP.

The commission had previously proposed adding up to 15 toll projects to the plan to pay for them. Opponents argued that Texas voters had passed constitutional amendments to spend at least $4 billion a year on roads and that money should be used instead of tolls. Supporters of new toll lanes on I-35, however, had hoped to keep the project alive. They warned that scrapping the plan would lead to increased gridlock, AP reported.