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TITLE 43TRANSPORTATION
PART 1TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
CHAPTER 16PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT OF TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS
SUBCHAPTER DTRANSPORTATION FUNDING
RULE §16.156Limitation on Allocation of Funds

(a) Toll project conditions. Neither the commission nor the department may require that a toll project be included in a region's transportation plan or program as a condition for the allocation of funds for the construction of projects in the region.

(b) Limitations on allocation decrease. Neither the commission nor the department may:

  (1) revise a formula or otherwise reduce funding as provided in the unified transportation program under §16.105 of this chapter (relating to Unified Transportation Program (UTP)), or a successor program, in a manner that results in a decrease of an allocation to a district or metropolitan planning organization (MPO) because of:

    (A) the failure of a region to include toll projects in a region's transportation plan or program;

    (B) participation by a political subdivision in the funding of a transportation project in the region, including the use of money collected in a transportation reinvestment zone (TRZ) under Transportation Code, §§222.106 - 222.108; or

    (C) payments, project savings, refinancing dividends, and any other revenue received by the commission or the department under a comprehensive development agreement, or surplus revenue of a state toll project or system, and used to finance the construction, maintenance, or operation of transportation projects or air quality projects in the region; or

  (2) take any other action that would reduce funding allocated to a district or MPO without the prior consent of the MPO because of:

    (A) the failure of a region to include toll projects in a region's transportation plan or program; or

    (B) receipt by a region of payments, project savings, refinancing dividends, and any other revenue received by the commission or the department under a comprehensive development agreement, or surplus revenue of a state toll project or system; or

    (C) the need of another district or MPO for increased funding to complete a pending project.

(c) Limitation on reduction of committed funding. If a TRZ is designated in connection with a particular transportation project, neither the commission nor the department may reduce the amount of funding that was committed to the project because of that designation.

(d) Financial assistance for toll projects. Nothing in this section precludes the commission or the department from using funds to design, develop, finance, construct, maintain, repair, or operate, or assist in the design, development, financing, construction, maintenance, repair, or operation of a toll project in a region.


Source Note: The provisions of this §16.156 adopted to be effective January 1, 2011, 35 TexReg 8388; amended to be effective November 15, 2012, 37 TexReg 8981

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