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Austin Rep. Israel seeks business support for toll lanes on I-35
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State transportation leaders are pondering their next moves as Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have told TxDOT not to include any toll lanes on road projects in Austin, particularly I-35 and 183.
"The way that we did toll roads in the age of planning for SH-130 is not how we do them now. We can do them better." Austin Rep. Celia Israel is on the House Transportation Committee and says this U-turn by leadership is a false economy and will only prolong commuters pain. "We're disappointed, but I can't see it as a U-turn. I've got to always move forward." She continues "I hoping that we can engage more common sense folks to say doing nothing is not helping the situation."
Saying there's no congestion relief without managed express lanes, Israel says she's already met with some local powerful business leaders and try to use their influence to get Gov. Abbott and Lt. Gov. Patrick to reverse their decision on banning toll roads."In my district, which is North Austin and Pflugerville, we have major employers like Applied Materials and Samsung. I'm hopeful the business community will find their voice and help because their employees are our neighbors and we are all hurting."