SAN ANTONIO -

Texas is a good example of how to transport people and goods across the state.

That's according to Gov. Rick Perry, who was in San Antonio on Tuesday, addressing transportation leaders from around Texas.

He called Texas a model for the rest of the country.

"I'm proud to point out that we've added more than 6,600 new lane miles (from) 2001 to 2012," he said. "That (is) than any other state in the nation."

Perry was speaking at the ninth annual Texas Transportation Forum, where transportation officials at all levels -- along with leading experts from a broad array of fields -- discussed and shared ideas about how to address the transportation concerns of a growing population.

Perry said transportation is about more than highway maintenance and toll roads. It's about keeping multiple, interdependent systems flowing smoothly with one another in the interest of keeping the public moving safely.

"We positioned our state as a national example of the best way to build roads, the best way to grow commerce and the best way to build communities," said Perry.

He also mentioned the Texas Department of Transportation's allocation of more than $800 million to fund expansions of Interstate 10, Highway 281 and Loop 1604.  

Construction is expected to begin in early 2015.

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