The appointment of Bill Meadows and Deirdre Delisi to the Texas Transportation Commission must be confirmed by the state Senate in early 2009 -- but in the meantime, they can begin serving immediately and have full voting privileges.
"The mission from TxDot hasn’t changed. The goals of the agency and commission are to reduce congestion, enhance safety, expand economic opportunity, improve air quality and maintain the assets we have on the ground. The governor's marching orders are for me to maintain the course."
Asked about a growing distrust of TxDot among some lawmakers, Delisi said she believes criticisms of the agency are a byproduct of tackling a tough problem:
"Our transportation infrastructure and how we're going to build it and pay for it are very difficult challenges that need to be addressed. I think it's what is reflected in the debate between the Legislature and the agency. My goal and what I’ve committed to the governor and other member of the Legislature is I intend to work with them to solve these problems through open dialog, creative thinking and hard work."