Officials: Toll roads may be key to Texas’ economic growth

A four-letter word — toll — must re-enter the state’s political vocabulary if Texas is to solve its serious traffic congestion problems that are only getting worse because of continued rapid population growth, local business and civic leaders were told Wednesday.

“We don’t have sufficient funds to cover all of the (road transportation) needs in Texas” without resorting to tolls in some areas, state Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, said during an Opportunity Austin event at the JW Marriott hotel.

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