Pocket Facts offer a broad overview of TxDOT’s resources, initiatives and statistics from fiscal and calendar year 2016. A printed copy is available for download.
Fleet Operations Division | (817) 370-3674
There are 618 TxDOT bi-fuel cars and trucks (on-road vehicles) using liquified petroleum gas (LPG) in addition to gasoline.
There are 190 pieces of off-road equipment such as forklifts using LPG, and 50 units using electricity. There are 45 dedicated CNG vehicles and two bi-fuel (gasoline and CNG) vehicles in the fleet.
TxDOT vehicles used about 583,000 gallons of alternative fuels, including bio fuels, CNG and propane.
TxDOT owns and operates 176 hybrid-electric vehicles and 2,256 flex-fuel (E85) vehicles.
Aviation Division | (512) 416-4500
There are 278 airports in Texas that are eligible for TxDOT funding.
There are 98,978 pilots that have been certified in Texas by the Federal Aviation Administration.
The Texas airport system is the largest in the nation.
Travel Information Division | (512) 486-5900
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.
Bridge Division | (512) 416-2278
Texas has 58,375 bridges, about 26,000 more bridges than any other state in the nation and more than the combined inventories of 17 states.
35,489 Texas bridges are on the state system, and 18,386 bridges are off the state system (city streets, county roads, etc.).
TxDOT conducts routine inspections of most bridges every two years. This ensures all bridges open to vehicular traffic in Texas are safe.
More than 82 percent of all bridges are in good or
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.
Finance Division | (512) 486-5555
Finance Division, Funds Management | (512) 486-5555
Finance Division | (512) 486-5555
Maritime Division | (512) 486-5127
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.
1. GULF INTRACOASTAL WATERWAY, Texas Freight Advisory Committee, May 14, 2013, slide 3 & 4,
2. Texas Gulf Coast Online, page 2
4. Gulf of Mexico Summary, p. 114
5. Texas Gulf Coast Online, page 2
Public Transportation Division | (512) 374-5233
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.
Support Services Division | (512) 302-2422
TxDOT purchased $115.8 million of recycled, remanufactured and environmentally sensitive products, not including roadway materials.
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
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.
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TxDOT maintains 80,268 centerline miles (miles traveled in a one-way direction regardless of the number of lanes in a roadway).
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).
Travel Information Division | (512) 486-5900
TxDOT fulfilled 954,084 travel literature requests by mail.
DriveTexas.org had 491,768 inquiries.
Texas Highways Magazine average circulation was 197,857.
TxDOT's Travel Information Centers served approximately 2.1 million visitors.
Travel Information Center's economic benefit to the state in 2014 was $109,867; supported 1,099 jobs and brought in $6.2 million in state tax revenue.*
*Office of the Governor, Economic Development & Tourism
Transportation Planning and Programming Division | (512) 486-5000
While only 25.6 percent of roadways in Texas are state-maintained, 73.8 percent of all VMT occurs on state-maintained highways.
Traffic Operations Division | (512) 416-3200
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.