TxDOT approves more than $146M to improve transportation in state’s rural areas, smaller cities

HOUSTON – TxDOT announced Friday that it’s investing millions of dollars to bring upgrades to improve transportation access to Texas residents whom live in rural areas and smaller cities.

On July 12, the Texas Transportation Commission said it was awarded more than $68 million in federal and state funds to transit providers across the state. Combined with an award granted in June, TxDOT is distributing more than $146 million in funding, which is a 65% increase compared to funds approved in the summer of 2021. This increase is partly due to additional federal funds from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Across the state, the money will make transit safer and more reliable, ensuring Texans have access to jobs, schools, healthcare and other important destinations and services, according to a release.

“This funding is critical to ensuring everyone in Texas, especially in rural areas, has access to where they need to go safely and reliably,” said TxDOT Transportation Commissioner Alvin New. “Many people across the state rely on these services for basic life needs because they have no other option. We’re excited to help fund these agencies as they continue to help the people of Texas.”

Transit agencies can use this funding to cover maintenance costs, buy new buses, build new facilities and expand their services to pick up more people. Here are some examples:

  • Concho Valley Transit District in San Angelo will build bus storage and an in-house maintenance facility.
  • Rural Economic Assistance League (REAL), which serves nine counties in the Coastal Bend area of South Texas, will build a multimodal transit facility after doubling its service area over the past several years.
  • Texoma Area Paratransit System, Inc. (TAPS), which serves six counties near the Oklahoma border, is bringing administration and transportation functions from leased space to a new facility.
  • Brazos Transit District, which serves seven counties in the Brazos Valley, will expand its service and add fuel vehicles on site.

These state and federal funds support rural and urban transit services in over 90% of the state’s land area, serving more than a third of the state’s population, according to a release. The services these agencies provide vary but can include both picking up at designated locations and taking customers to and from their homes.

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