Slowing Down Toll Roads

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A bill that would put a two-year moratorium on private toll roads won final passage in the Texas House.

The plan now moves to the Texas Senate.

The measure would temporarily put the brakes on the long-term Trans Texas Corridor superhighway project, which is backed by Governor Rick Perry.

Perry has urged the state to reject a two-year toll road moratorium, saying there are no such things as "freeways."

The moratorium also would halt seven near-term projects in the state.

The plan would require Texas to create a commission to study the effects of private equity toll roads and present findings to the state in 2008.

The moratorium wouldn't affect projects planned by regional mobility authorities.