Transp. Code Section 202.052
(a)The department may lease a highway asset, part of a right-of-way, or airspace above or underground space below a highway that is a part of the state highway system if the department determines that the interest to be leased will not be needed for a highway purpose during the term of the lease.
(b)The lease may be for any purpose that is not inconsistent with applicable highway use.
(c)The department shall charge not less than fair market value for the highway asset, payable in cash, services, tangible or intangible property, or any combination of cash, services, or property.
(d)The department may authorize exceptions to the charges under Subsection (c) for:
(1)the lease of a highway asset to a public utility provider;
(2)a lease for a social, environmental, or economic mitigation purpose; or
(3)a lease to an institution of higher education for a purpose of the institution.
(e)In this section, “institution of higher education” has the meaning assigned by Section 61.003 (Definitions), Education Code.
Section 202.052 — Lease Authority,
https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/TN/htm/TN.202.htm#202.052 (accessed Dec. 2, 2023).