Tribpedia: Texas Department Of Transportation

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The Texas Department of Transportation, known as TxDOT, oversees roads, railways and other transportation systems across Texas. It also plays a significant role in dealing with weather-related emergencies. In addition to building and maintaining state highways and public transportation systems, the department issues permits for heavy trucks and registers motor vehicles. 

According to its website, TxDOT employs 13,000 people ...

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Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the state Senate during the abortion debate on July 13, 2013.
Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst in the state Senate during the abortion debate on July 13, 2013.

House and Senate to Discuss TxDOT Funding Compromise

The Senate met briefly Friday to pave the way for negotiations to begin with the House over the details of a plan that would increase transportation funding by nearly $1 billion a year. The goal is for both chambers to pass the same measure next week.

A look at traffic on Interstate 30 near downtown Fort Worth in 2013.
A look at traffic on Interstate 30 near downtown Fort Worth in 2013.

Transportation Funding Likely to Be Big Issue in 2015

While abortion legislation is drawing all the attention in this second special session, lawmakers are also trying for the third time this year to find some extra money for the Texas Department of Transportation. But even if the leading proposal becomes law, funding for roads will still be a major issue in the 2015 session. 

A Dead End for Road Funding?

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Gov. Rick Perry's interest in keeping the special session on issues where he can expect success suggests transportation funding won't be included. The chances for any transportation funding proposal in a special session are mixed at best, with key options each facing significant challenges. 

Traffic congestion on Interstate 35 in Austin. The freeway through central Austin is among the state's most congested road segments, according to a TxDOT study.
Traffic congestion on Interstate 35 in Austin. The freeway through central Austin is among the state's most congested road segments, according to a TxDOT study.

TxDOT Outsourcing IT Operations to Private Firm

The Texas Department of Transportation has announced that a private firm will take over most of its information technology operations.

Fix for Roads in Shale Counties Might Be Short

Lawmakers allocated $450 million this session to repairing roads destroyed by truck activity resulting from the drilling boom in South and West Texas. The Legislature likely isn't done with the issue, though, because the amount is much less than advocates said was needed, and the problem is on track to grow.

Study: Texting While Driving Unsafe by Any Means

In the midst of a battle among lawmakers over a bill to ban texting while driving, a new report by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute suggests that voice-to-text technology is no safer than typing out a text message. Voice to text would remain legal if the legislation passes.

Demonstration car placed by the Brown family to raise awareness on dangers of texting while driving. March 9th, 2011
Demonstration car placed by the Brown family to raise awareness on dangers of texting while driving. March 9th, 2011

House Passes Texting-While-Driving Measure

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A bill that would make texting while driving a crime passed the House on Wednesday after a lengthy debate. The measure now heads to the Senate.

Kevin Eltife, a Republican state senator from Tyler, has served District 1 since 2004.
Kevin Eltife, a Republican state senator from Tyler, has served District 1 since 2004.

GOP Senator Eltife Challenging His Party on Debt, Taxes

State Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, is engaged in a long-term campaign to convince his fellow legislators that the state's bond debt is an urgent problem and that tax increases are part of a conservative solution. “If we don’t get our act together and start solving problems, this will be a Democratic state,” Eltife said.