per gallon ($0.049 per liter)
The amount drivers contribute to the U.S. Highway Trust Fund, which the federal
government uses to help cities and states pay for road and transit projects
From 2004 to 2011, the average U.S. driver
traveled 6% fewer miles per year.
Less driving means less gas purchased—and fewer funds raised.
—Texas Department of Transportation
Even a significant hike in the gas tax
would not provide enough money
to build the new roads we need to
solve our worsening traffic problems.
Tolling provides a way to build roads
and relieve traffic congestion faster
because funds are borrowed upfront—
instead of waiting for gas-tax dollars.
The increase in state road capacity over the same time period
The increase in Texas’ population over the past 25 years
Sources: 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, American Society of Civil Engineers ; Transportation and the Ne w Generation: Why Young People Are Driving Less and What It Means for Transportation Policy, 2012,
Frontier Group and U.S. PIRG Education Fund; Texas Tribune; Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority; Texas Department of Transportation; International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association