January 10, 2019


AUSTIN - As the Texas Legislature reconvenes for a new session, State Rep. Ryan Guillen, D-Rural South Texas, introduced a bill to eliminate the gasoline and diesel taxes currently payed by Rural Transit Districts. The bill, if passed by the legislature, would also create new tax refunds to help the transit districts provide transportation services that are critical for the poor, elderly, and disabled.


"The people of rural South Texas depend on these systems to move from place to place." Guillen said, "That is why we need to secure the financial stability of these districts."

Rural Transit Districts use government funds to create public transit systems that people use daily. Currently, these organizations are required to pay the statewide fuel tax, despite receiving their funding from that same tax. This leaves the districts with less money, hurting their ability to provide quick, affordable transportation. Guillen's bill would put an end to this. Representative Guillen says the exemption will assist Rural Transit Districts without raising state spending and will allow RTDs to give more back to their consumers.


"Eliminating this tax will allow rural districts to free up more of their budget to improve services and lower costs, so I urge my colleagues at the Capitol to pass this bill and make life better for rural Texans," added Guillen.

Guillen's bill comes on the tail of a government commission report that proposed a ten cent per-gallon increase in the motor fuel tax.


Serving ten rural South Texas counties in the Texas House of Representatives, Ryan Guillen is known for his hard work, fierce independence, and relentless efforts for South Texas families. Recently, Capitol Inside called him a “House Bill Machine,” and a “one-person assembly line for legislation.” Since elected, few other legislators have passed more bills than Guillen. Sign up for updates at,, and