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Catch Up on Transportation Issues From the Session

A&M Will Host SpaceX Competition — But Track's Headed to California

SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks at a TxDOT transportation forum on Jan. 15, 2015.
SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaks at a TxDOT transportation forum on Jan. 15, 2015.

Though the test track for a futuristic high-speed transportation system is headed to California, not Texas, the private space company SpaceX announced Monday that it's hosting a Hyperloop design-build competition at Texas A&M University.

 

Rural Critics Organize to Stop Private Bullet Train

Japan Central's N700 high speed train, the same train that a private firm wants to bring to Texas.
Japan Central's N700 high speed train, the same train that a private firm wants to bring to Texas.

Dallas and Houston leaders may want a super-fast train connecting their cities, but folks in between aren't as sold on the idea. Some have formed Texans Against High-Speed Rail, and they're hiring lobbyists and courting allies in a bid to kill the plan.

 

Panel to Investigate After Lawmaker Ejected From Committee Hearing

State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, during the gun bill debate on April 17, 2015.
State Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Bedford, during the gun bill debate on April 17, 2015.

The chairman of the House Committee on General Investigating and Ethics said he plans to investigate allegations that witnesses were signed up improperly to speak at a meeting from which state Rep. Jonathan Stickland was escorted out.

Contracting Experiment Drawing Mixed Reviews

Design-build contracts allow the engineering and construction of a project to be done by a single company.
Design-build contracts allow the engineering and construction of a project to be done by a single company.

After four years of trying out a new way of awarding state contracts known as design-build, lawmakers aren't sure taxpayers get a better deal, and Texas businesses say they're being muscled out of jobs by larger, out-of-state companies.