Bankrupt TX SH 130 Cited during Legislative Hearing on Toll Roads

Texas Public Radio reports on the August 30 House Transportation Committee session on “the benefits and liabilities of Texas’ toll ways and whether the state should be in the business of tolling drivers at all. . . .” The committee’s examination included SH 130, whose operators, TPR notes, “declared bankruptcy because the revenue being generated from the low-volume of drivers wasn’t enough to pay off the debt the company had accrued by maintaining the road.” The committee chairman, Representative Joe Pickett (D-El Paso), acknowledged that “SH 130 is part of a network of toll roads and simply removing tolled lanes from this stretch of highway would be a difficult task.”