TRANSPORTATION

Google confirmed it is testing its self-driving technology in Austin with two Lexus RX450h SUVs.
Google confirmed it is testing its self-driving technology in Austin with two Lexus RX450h SUVs.

Google Puts Self-Driving Vehicle to the Test on Austin Streets

Over the past week, Google began testing one of its self-driving vehicles in Austin. The test drives come after years of experimenting with its groundbreaking autonomous vehicle technology almost exclusively in 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.

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

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.

 

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.

 

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Catch Up on Transportation Issues From the Session

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.

House Approves Use of Sales Tax for Highways

State Sen. Robert Nichols R-Jacksonville, and state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, speak at a Texas Tribune event on April 7, 2015.
State Sen. Robert Nichols R-Jacksonville, and state Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, speak at a Texas Tribune event on April 7, 2015.

The Texas House gave initial approval Thursday to a major boost in transportation funding from sales taxes, setting the stage for a showdown with the Senate over the best way to pay for Texas roads.

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.