Dallas Rep. Questions If The NTTA Needs To Exist

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/KRLD) – One state lawmaker is taking a look at how the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) operates. State Representative Rafael Anchia, D-Dallas, has filed a bill to bring the NTTA under Sunset Review, which tries to identify and eliminate duplication and inefficiency in state government agencies.

“Does this state agency or entity need to exist?” asked Anchia. “It may be entirely possible that we need to transfer the NTTA over to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), so that there’s not a redundancy of bureaucracy or function.”

Anchia says he has long been concerned about claims that the NTTA has a lack of diversity on their board, a history of overcharging for fees and has a practice of cronyism.

“We have a process in state statute that allows the Sunset Commission to look at these entities, to audit them, to exercise some oversight, to make sure that they’re doing their job,” Anchia said of his bills’ purpose. “And frankly I think as a state legislator those are questions that need to be asked.”

NTTA Spokesperson Michael Ray confirms that a copy of the bill has been received and is being reviewed. “We’ll work with the bills’ author, Representative Anchia, as is appropriate,” said Ray.

The Texas Legislature created the Sunset Advisory Commission in 1977. The 12-member Commission reviews the policies and programs of more than 150 government agencies.

Anchia says the Commission has a very specific purpose of, “Looking at a state agency or a state created entity to determine whether or not it’s continuing to fulfill its mission and doing so in an effective manner that is responsive to taxpayers and stakeholders.”

Since 1978, the Sunset Advisory Commission has abolished 58 agencies and consolidated another 12.


One Comment

  1. Tom says:

    I think that the NTTA in many ways duplicates TxDOT, which is no prize itself. I am sure there is much duplication of roles and efforts. Bringing these under a single agency would certainly result in significant staff reductions and savings to the taxoayers.

  2. Honor says:

    There is no way the Governor Good Hair will let TxDot take over the NTTA- even if it will save the State millions of dollars. NTTA is a company run by Perry’s closest allies and they are HUGE donors to his campaigns. Just watch. Perry will kill this before it even starts.

  3. LN says:

    I am glad they are going to review the necessity of the NTTA. In the first place they are in no way consumer friendly. When they first opened up the toll roads there were toll booths with attendants who could take payment and make change. When the toll collectors were eliminated the only option was to over pay the charge if the exact change was not handy.
    As another example of the lack of customer consideration is how inconvenient it is to have to travel to Dallas to pick up the toll tag. It can be ordered on online now, but it took nearly 3 weeks to get the tag returned after paying with debit.
    By turning the NTTA functions over to TxDot hopefully tags would be available locally at every TxDot office. Thanks to Rep Anchia for looking into this.

  4. Rick McDaniel says:

    The NTTA is a self-perpetuating agency that is totally against citizens, and is only interested in charging us twice, to build roads……once in our taxes, and again for the right to drive on the roads.

    It should be abolished!

  5. No Deal says:

    NTTA has wasted alot of money through the years on landscaping and legal representation and those high toll fines is crazy. If you take a look at the comany how many management do they really need. There business rules as they call it seems to change every few months. I use to walk into the Plano office see the customer reps all happy would help you out but now even they are under the pressure to collect and even they don’t seem happy. They have lost sight of us customers should be treated like customers and not this high dollar invoices. Hope the commission really steps in these people have gotten away with to much through the years.

  6. jerry says:

    WOW, looks like everyone has NTTA’s number. Please stop wasting my toll money on unending landscaping changes. It is a highly visible obseene waste. For the millions and millions of dollars spent on landscaping changes, they could have paved two more lanes in each direction.

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