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Texas Transportation Commission adopts $142.3 billion UTP

J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., is Chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees statewide activities of the Texas Department of Transportation. He was appointed by Governor Greg Abbott as Commissioner on Feb. 13, 2015, and confirmed by the Texas State Senate on March 17, 2015, for a six-year term. On Sept. 19, 2017, Abbott appointed Bugg as Chairman.
Previously, Bugg was appointed to serve as chairman and president of the Texas Economic Development Corporation and a senior advisor to Governor Perry on the State of Texas’ economic development strategies and initiatives from 2012 to May 2014. Prior to this appointment, Bugg was appointed to serve as the governor’s appointee on the Board of Directors of Humanities Texas in Austin, Texas.
Bugg is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Southwest Bancshares, Inc., a Texas bank holding company for the Bank of San Antonio, and chairman of the Bank of San Antonio; chairman, president and chief executive officer of Capitol of Texas Bancshares, Inc., a Texas bank holding company for the Bank of Austin, and chairman of the Bank of Austin; and chairman, president and chief executive officer of Texas Hill Country Bancshares, Inc., a Texas bank holding company for Texas Hill Country Bank and a board member of Texas Hill Country Bank. In addition, Bugg also serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Argyle Investment Co. LLC, a private investment firm.
Bugg is also chairman and trustee of the Tobin Endowment, a private charitable foundation, in San Antonio, Texas, and founding chairman and cofounder of the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation, owner of the new $205 million Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio. He is also a cofounder, manager and vice chairman of Community Labs, L.L.C, a newly formed nonprofit in San Antonio, Texas, that identifies asympotmatic “super spreaders” of COVID-19.
Bugg currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the McNay Art Museum,

The star on the Texas flag somehow seems to shine a little brighter every year as more and more people move to Texas to find a thriving economy and a better quality of life. While that growth is wonderful to see, it does bring challenges to our transportation system. 

Thanks to the leadership of Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Legislature, the Texas Transportation Commission is up to the task with the adoption on August 16, 2023 of a historic $142.3 billion investment in building Texas roads and bridges, including a $100.6 billion 10-year Unified Transportation Program (UTP), $34.2 billion in development costs and $7.5 billion in routine maintenance contracts. This plan supports a world-class transportation system focused on safety and congestion relief. With projects across the state, this plan is dedicated to improving safety, addressing congestion and connectivity, and preserving roadways for Texas drivers.

Texans have shown overwhelming support for “turning dirt” on new and better roadways and bridges, and thanks in large part to voter-approved legislation (Proposition 1 in 2014, Proposition 7 in 2015), this total transportation plan is $26 billion more than last year. It provides a significant investment in congestion relief bringing over $67 billion of funding for projects completed, under construction, or planned for construction as part of the Texas Clear Lanes initiative, dedicating funding for projects on Texas’ 100 Most Congested Roadways list.

To help connect the rural parts of our state, the plan also includes an unprecedented $19.2 billion rural investment. That’s a major increase over the past few years compared to $2.2 billion in the 2016 UTP. 

For businesses relocating to Texas, a reliable transportation system is crucial in helping to consistently move products to markets across the country and the world. TxDOT has planned, and will continue to plan, for the challenges of a fast-growing population and complex freight movements, and the 2024 UTP will play a critical role in providing the needed infrastructure to efficiently move people and products. 

With historic levels of funding, TxDOT stands ready to fulfill my policy as Chairman to “execute, execute, execute”, which means build the roads and bridges Texans need and want as soon as possible. Responding to new Texas taxpayer approved sources of funding, we have put this money to work by improving our project delivery efforts for greater flexibility and it has been paying off. In fiscal year 2023, we had our largest award of construction contracts ever, with more than $12 billion in new highway improvement contracts, which is double the amount of contract awards just eight years ago. TxDOT is meeting the moment to deliver the safety, mobility and connectivity improvements that Texans expect and deserve.

Of course, safety is TxDOT’s top priority, and we are staying vigilant in the effort to increase safety to help the people who work and drive on our roadways get home safe to their families. The UTP includes billions of dollars for safety projects, but every project we build has a safety component. Adding all that up, TxDOT is investing $17 billion for new safety initiatives.

Texans deserve the best transportation system in the world, and they can rest assured that Governor Abbott and Texas transportation leaders are fulfilling our promise to provide them with a safe and reliable transportation system.


Bruce Bugg, Jr.

Chairman, Texas Transportation Commission


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