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Pocket Facts offer a broad overview of TxDOT’s resources, initiatives and statistics from fiscal and calendar year 2013. A printed copy is available for download.

FY 2013
Alternative Fuels

Fleet Operations Division | (817) 370-3674
(FY13)

There are 727 TxDOT cars and trucks (on-road vehicles) using liquified petroleum gas (LPG) in addition to gasoline.

There are 182 pieces of off-road equipment such as forklifts using LPG and 61 units using electricity.

TxDOT vehicles use 270,000 gallons of alternative fuels instead of gasoline every year.

TxDOT owns and operates 133 hybrid-electric and 1,333 flex-fuel (E85) vehicles.

Aviation

Aviation Division | (512) 416-4500
(FY13)

There are 304 airports in Texas that are eligible for TxDOT funding.

There are 65,622 pilots that have been certified in Texas by the Federal Aviation Administration.

The Texas airport system is the largest in the nation.   

Federal appropriations $50.0 M
State appropriations $15.2 M
Beautification

Travel Information Division | (512) 486-5900
(FY13)

TxDOT’s litter prevention programs, Don’t mess with Texas® and Adopt-a-Highway, have been keeping Texas beautiful since 1985.

The Don’t mess with Texas campaign efforts have garnered a decrease in visible litter of 34 percent (based on current visible litter research), and the Adopt-a-Highway volunteer groups maintain approximately 10 percent of state-maintained roadways, savings to the state in litter pickup costs.

Bridges

Bridge Division | (512) 416-2278
(FY13)

Texas has 52,536 bridges, about 76 percent more than any other state in the nation.

TxDOT conducts routine inspections of most bridges every two years. This ensures all bridges open to vehicular traffic in Texas are safe.

More than 81 percent of all bridges are in good or
better condition.

  • The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) uses these terms to designate bridges eligible for federal funding. Bridges classified as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete bridges are not considered unsafe.
  • Structurally deficient bridges have routine maintenance concerns not posing safety risks or are flooded frequently. To remain open to traffic, these bridges are often posted with reduced weight limits restricting the gross weight of vehicles using them.
  • Classification as functionally obsolete means the bridge met design standards when built, but over time has become obsolete due to an increase in traffic volume or other factors. Functionally obsolete bridges do not have adequate lane widths, shoulder widths or vertical clearance to serve current traffic demands or are sometimes flooded.

Texas has 1,088 substandard for-load-only bridges.

This term is used by TxDOT to designate bridges in relatively good condition that do not have specific maintenance concerns.

They have a load-carrying capacity less than the legal state limit for public roadways. These bridges are posted with reduced weight limits. Under FHWA definitions, these bridges are not classified as structurally deficient or functionally obsolete.

Contracts were awarded to replace, widen or rehabilitate 455 bridges. The value of these contracts is $370 million (FY13).

Contracts worth $287 million (FY13) were awarded to build 195 new bridges.

Texas has 30 international bridges open to traffic between Mexico and Texas.

The average age of Texas bridges is 44 years for bridges on the state highway system and 32 years for bridges off the state highway system.

Budget

Finance Division | (512) 486-5555
(FY13 appropriations, in millions)

Plan It  
Plan/Design/Manage $ 298.5
Contracted Planning & Design
372.3
Right of Way Acquisition 418.7
Research 22.1
Total $ 1,111.6

Build It  
Existing Construction $ 581.6
New Construction 1,623.8
Grants & Services 423.7
Aviation Services 84.3
Total $ 2,713.4

Maintain It  
Existing Maintenance $ 361.1
New Maintenance 1,796.3
Contracted Routine Maintenance 626.4
Routine Maintenance 759.7
Gulf Waterway 0.8
Ferry System 48.7
Total $ 3,593.0

Use It  
Public Transportation $ 93.0
Traffic Safety 72.0
Travel Information 17.1
Total $ 182.1

Enhance Rail Transportation  
Rail Plan/Design/Manage $ 2.3
Contracted Rail Plan/Design 1.7
Rail Construction 2.5
Rail Maintenance -
Rail Safety 1.1
Total $ 7.6

Manage It  
Central Administration $ 47.4
Information Resources 63.9
Other Support Services 38.6
Regional Administration 49.1
Total $ 199.0

Debt Service  
General Obligation $ 128.6
State Highway Fund 437.3
Texas Mobility Fund 348.4
Other 5.2
Total $ 919.5

SH 121  
Plan/Design/Manage $ 5.0
Contracted Planning & Design 12.0
Right-of-Way Acquisition 97.0
Existing Construction 10.0
New Construction 450.0
Total $ 574.0

SH 130  
New Construction $4.3
Total $ 4.3
Grand Total $ 9,304.5

2013 GAA FTE Allocation - $12,087

Note: Totals may not add up due to rounding. Does not include appropriations made in riders.

Source: 2012-2013 General Appropriations Act

 
Employees

Finance Division, Funds Management | (512) 486-5555
(SAO FTE Report 4th Quarter 2013)

11,722.6 FTEs

Incoming Revenue

Finance Division | (512) 486-5555

State Highway Fund (SHF 6)  
Federal Funds $ 2,428.2
Motor Fuel Tax
2,366.1
Vehicle Registration 1,347.7
Lubricant Sales Tax 42.5
PTN/AVN 202.5
TMF Reimbursements 13.0
Other (Local part., interest, misc. rev.) 929.8
Total $ 7,329.8

State Highway Fund Bonds (Proposition 14)  
Transfers in from SHF $ 30.2
Interest
1.3
Total $ 31.5

State Highway Fund (Toll Revenue-SH 121)  
Interest $ 8.2
Transfer to SIB**
(103.8)
Toll Sharing 4.9
Total $ (90.7)

State Highway Fund (Concession Fees-SH 130)  
Interest $ 0.4
Concession Receipts
101.6
Total $ 102.0

State Highway Fund (SH 161)  
Interest
$ 0.7
Total $ 0.7

State Highway Fund (SIB 99)  
Interest $ 0.8
Loan Reimbursements
171.1
Total $ 171.9

CTTS O&M Accounts (513-515)  
Interest
$ 8.9
Total $ 8.9
Total Incoming Revenue to SHF $7,554.1

Texas Mobility Fund (365)  
Taxes, Fines, Fees & Misc. $ 411.9
Build America Bonds
22.3
Total $ 434.2

Prop 12 (307)  
Interest $ 2.2
Bond Proceeds
1,100.0
Build America Bonds* 12.5
Total $ 1,114.7

ARRA (369)  
Federal ARRA Funds $ 173.4
Total $ 173.4

Prop 14 DS (8)  
Interest $ 0.5
Transfers in from SHF
287.9
Build America Bonds 25.9
Total $ 314.3

* Deposited to GR Fund 0001

** Paid off NTTA SIB loan from SH 121 funds

 
Maritime

Maritime Division | (512) 486-5127
(FY13)

The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) extends along 423 miles linking the 26 Texas ports. On an annual basis, the GIWW sees over 73 million tons of cargo in 52,000 barge trips with an commercial value of over $25 billion.¹

According to the Texas Ports Association, maritime ports on the Texas coast affect the employment of nearly 1.4 million Texans, generate $270 billion in economic activity and contribute $6 billion in state and local tax revenue. Those ports handle more than 550 million tons of foreign and domestic cargo annually, representing 20 percent of all U.S. port tonnage.

Commercial Fishing
In Texas, the commercial fishing industry generated $2.2 billion in sales, $1.1 billion in income and supported 47,000 jobs (2006).² Salt water sport fishing generates $2 billion annually.3

Tourism/Recreation
In 2012, Texas ranked as the fourth-largest U.S. cruise market, with more than 500,000 passengers embarked at the Port of Galveston.4 Cruise ships contribute more than $445 million per year to the Texas economy.5

1. GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY, Texas Freight Advisory Committee, May 14, 2013, slide 3 & 4,

2. Texas Gulf Coast Online, page 2

3. NOAA National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration websit

4. Gulf of Mexico Summary, p. 114

5. Texas Gulf Coast Online, page 2

Public Transportation

Public Transportation Division | (512) 374-5233
(FY13)

There are 8,006 transit vehicles including buses and vans operated in Texas.

Vehicle count includes Metro, VIA and DART, which are federally funded.

TxDOT provided more than 301 million rides on public transportation vehicles.

Total federal appointments for Texas public transportation are $658.5 million.

Recycling

Support Services Division | (512) 302-2422
(FY13)

TxDOT purchased $115.8 million of recycled, remanufactured and environmentally sensitive products, not including roadway materials.

Recycled Roadway Material Usage:
Compost 259,650 cubic yds.
Fly ash 168,387 tons
Reclaimed asphalt pavement 1.1 M tons
Reclaimed asphalt shingles 175,000 tons
Glass traffic beads 415.5 tons

TxDOT recycled 385.47 tons of office paper and cardboard generating $15,793.94 in revenue.

This equates to saving:

Recycled 2,742.2 tons of scrap metal generating $297,912.76 in revenue.

Right of Way

Right of Way Division | (512) 416-2901
(FY13)

TxDOT annually acquires approximately 1,600 parcels of real estate needed for transportation projects.

Division annually administers nearly 150 leases of TxDOT property, generating more than $1 million for use in transportation projects.

TxDOT annually provides relocation-assistance benefits to more than 300 displaced residences, businesses, farms and non-profit organizations.

Division annually oversees regulatory compliance of licenses and permits for 22,800 outdoor-advertising billboards.

Division administers professional-service contracts for right of way acquisition, real-estate appraisal and sub-surface engineering.

System Size

For information on centerline miles:
Transportation Planning and Programming Division | (512) 486-5000

For information on picnic and safety areas:
Maintenance Division | (512) 416-3054
(CY13)

TxDOT maintains 80,268 centerline miles (miles traveled in a one-way direction regardless of the number of lanes in a roadway).

State-maintained centerline miles:
Interstate highways 3,272
U.S. highways 12,062
State highways, Spurs, Loops, Business Rtes 16,411
Farm or Ranch to Market roads and Spurs 40,932
Pass, Park and Recreation Roads 345
Frontage roads 7,245

The total number of lane miles (miles per lane of roadway) in Texas is 195,022.

TxDOT maintains 615 picnic areas (areas that include picnic tables), and 92 rest areas including Travel Information Centers (areas that include restroom facilities and picnic tables).

Tourism

Travel Information Division | (512) 486-5900
(FY13)

TxDOT fulfilled 834,891 travel literature requests by mail.

DriveTexas.org had 491,768 inquiries.

Texas Highways Magazine average circulation was 196,698.

TxDOT’s Travel Information Centers served approximately 2 million visitors.

Travel Information Center operations generated an estimated $82.9 million in incremental visitor spending, supported 829 jobs and brought in $4.56 million in state tax revenue.*

*Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism

Traffic

Transportation Planning and Programming Division | (512) 486-5000
(CY13)

While only 25.6 percent of roadways in Texas are state-maintained, 73.8 percent of all VMT occurs on state-maintained highways.

Average Annual VMT
VMT on state-maintained highways 175.3B
VMT all state roadways 237.3B

Average Daily VMT
VMT on state-maintained highways 480M
VMT all state roadways 649.8M

Traffic Operations

Traffic Operations Division | (512) 416-3200
(FY13)

TxDOT maintains 5,050 traffic signals throughout Texas at a cost of approximately $33 million (FY13).

TxDOT funded 298 behavioral/enforcement projects under the Texas Traffic Safety Program at a cost of $56 million in federal and state grant funds (FY13). These projects are designed to increase the proper use of safety belts and child safety seats as well as to deter dangerous driving behaviors such as speeding, aggressive or distracted driving, and driving under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.

TxDOT operates approximately 825 dynamic message signs, 1,830 closed circuit cameras and 14 traffic management centers and offices to improve operations on the state highway system.

TxDOT receives more than 500,000 motor vehicle crash reports annually from law enforcement agencies and currently maintains approximately three million crash reports in our files.

TxDOT’s Crash Records Information System can access an individual report in seconds.  In addition, TxDOT has implemented a new online system for the public to immediately purchase and download these crash reports after they are received from law enforcement agencies and processed into the system.

The Click It or Ticket safety program started in 2002. Since then, statewide safety belt use has increased from 76.1 percent to 90 percent in 2013. The Click It or Ticket program has been estimated to have saved 3,663 lives and prevented more than 50,000 serious injuries over the past 11 years.

This steady increase in the use of seat belts has also saved an estimated $10 billion in lost wages, medical costs, travel delays and lost quality of life.