Governor Rick Perry Thursday signed into law a comprehensive transportation bill. Perry did the honors at the TranStar Center in Houston. The measure creates new financing tools to fund transportation projects. The law gives the Texas Department of Transportation new oversight authority, planning and development tools.
The measure also offers financing options to build the Trans Texas Corridor faster and cheaper. That corridor is Perry's plan to address congestion, pollution and safety in Texas cities.
The law also creates the Texas Driver Responsibility Program. The project is expected to raise $1 billion for Texas trauma care centers over five years. The law increases fines on habitually bad drivers, including those with violations or certain offenses such as DWI or driving without a license.