Growing populations means higher transportation costs

POSTED: Friday, November 19, 2010 - 3:04pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am

According to the Government and Public Affairs, the transportation needs in a growing area, exceed the current available funds.

The Waco population is continuing to increase, meaning higher transportation costs and road construction. With these higher costs, motorists are spending more money on daily transportation, and safety could become an issue.

Waco Department of Public Safety officials say that "not only is the individual paying for the wear and tear on their vehicles, based on road conditions, but also the amount of gas they burn, just sitting still."

Every day there are approximately 80,000 to 100,000 cars driving through Central Texas on I-35. This amount of vehicles puts wear and tear on the roads, and requires widening of some roads to ensure the safety of drivers.

This construction will cost the state more money, and possibly higher taxes for the consumer. Chirs Kippincott with Government and Public Affairs, says, "funding solutions may include, potential increases in fuel taxes, or vehicle registration fees." He says that its also possible that there way be more toll roads in the future.

The Tx-DOT in Waco asks that the community be patient through this construction period. Their number one goal is to maintain a safe and efficient system, for travelers through Central Texas.

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