House Representative

Shaheen, Matt

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 02/23/2015

Representative Shaheen fights for removal of tolls from Collin County roads

AUSTIN, TX—On behalf of Collin County drivers and taxpayers, State Representative Matt
Shaheen filed House Bill 1734. The bill requires toll road entities such as the North Texas Tollway
Authority (NTTA) to relinquish tolled highways to the state highway system and remove any tolls
once the toll revenue bonds for the projects are paid in full. Speaking to Collin County drivers,
Representative Shaheen said, “HB 1734 returns tolling to its traditional purpose: a temporary
funding mechanism that is removed once the roads are fully paid-off. We cannot allow the toll fees
for roads we use every day to become a de facto tax into perpetuity.” The bill would also prohibit
tolling entities from altering any finance agreements in a way that would extend the amount of time
until full payment.

Christopher Paxton
Chief of Staff
Rep. Matt Shaheen
Texas House District 66
512.463.0594