A comment from Bill Meadows about his appointment to the Texas Transportation Commission:
"I think anybody would recognize it’s a job that is going to be very challenging. The fact is, transportation is as fundamental of a public service as there is to the state of Texas. We clearly have some challenges in that arena. I’ve had the opportunity to be involved in transportation over the last 18 years, from a local government perspective. I've enjoyed the transportation arena but more importantly I recognize its significance to the citizens of the state."
What about becoming a pitch man for the state's toll road program?
"Properly explained, I think the public will accept toll roads, particularly if we are careful and clear in explaining what the future capacity needs are going to be. The fact is this state is going to grow dramatically in the next 50 years. There are projections that put the population at 40 million people in 2060. We're going to have to work hard to provide additional capacity to serve that sort of population growth."
But Meadows also quickly added that toll roads aren't necessarily the solution in every corner of the state ...