On October 22, over 200 of the Greater Houston region’s transportation thought leaders joined the Transportation Advocacy Group – Houston Region (TAG) and the Bay Area Houston Transportation Partnership (BayTran) for the 2nd Annual Mobility Matters Symposium.
A panel discussion featuring State Senator Sylvia Garcia (District 6), Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle, Brazoria County Judge Matt Sebesta and City of Seabrook Mayor Glenn Royal envisioned what transportation infrastructure will look like 20 years from now.
All of the elected officials on the panel agreed that statewide ballot measure Proposition 7 is a critical tool for meeting Houston’s future transportation needs.
Senator Garcia said that the Houston region “must find a funding source sustainable to get us through 2020.”
Commissioner Cagle stressed the value in working “together with other entities…to have regional and statewide infrastructure solutions.”
Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Tryon Lewis provided the event’s keynote address and discussed the success of 2014’s Proposition 1 that provided $1.7 billion to the State Highway Fund in its first year. Chairman Lewis further emphasized the importance of voting in favor for Proposition 7 this November in order to fund an additional $2.5 billion annually for roads beginning in 2018.
According to Lewis “Proposition 7 will be the game changer.”