Tribpedia: Transportation

Texas requires an extensive and expensive system of highways, railways and roads.

Building new roads and maintaining old ones has become increasingly costly, and efforts to keep that balance have been politically perilous.

The Trans-Texas Corridor — an attempt to pull together a master plan for the next stage of transportation building in the state — fell to political foes who ...

Across Texas, Uber Puts Cities in Tough Spot

A screenshot of the Uber app in Midland, provided by Public Information Officer Sara Bustilloz.
A screenshot of the Uber app in Midland, provided by Public Information Officer Sara Bustilloz.

Three Texas cities are facing serious questions about how much to alter local statutes in order to persuade Uber, an app-based vehicle-for-hire company, to continue operating. This week, Uber has battled with Austin, Galveston and Midland over approved and proposed rules. 

I-35 tops the 2015 list of the 100 most congested roadways in Texas compiled by the Texas A&M University Texas Transportation Institute.
I-35 tops the 2015 list of the 100 most congested roadways in Texas compiled by the Texas A&M University Texas Transportation Institute.

TxDOT Planning $1.3 Billion to Reduce Traffic in Largest Cities

The Texas Transportation Commission is expected to approve a $1.3 billion plan Thursday aimed to funding 14 roadway projects designed to relieve gridlock in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

The Japanese Shinkansen is a high-speed trail used by JR Central in Japan. A private company is planning to build a rail line between Dallas and Houston using the same trains.
The Japanese Shinkansen is a high-speed trail used by JR Central in Japan. A private company is planning to build a rail line between Dallas and Houston using the same trains.

Bullet Train Opponents Reach Out to Japanese Ambassador

Thirty-three East Texas officials, including 11 from the Legislature, signed a letter to Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae opposing a private firm's proposed high-speed rail between Dallas and Houston that has strong ties to a Japanese company.

The Texas Department of Transportation CFO James Bass is set to become TxDOT's executive director starting Jan. 1, 2016.
The Texas Department of Transportation CFO James Bass is set to become TxDOT's executive director starting Jan. 1, 2016.

Bass Picked as New Head of Transportation Agency

The Texas Transportation Commission selected a new executive director for the Texas Department of Transportation Thursday: James Bass, the agency’s longtime chief financial officer. Bass replaces outgoing Executive Director Joe Weber starting Jan. 1. 

A new breed of app-based moving companies has drawn the interest of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, which wants to ensure that the companies are following state laws.
A new breed of app-based moving companies has drawn the interest of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, which wants to ensure that the companies are following state laws.

Uber-Style Moving Companies Draw State's Attention

A new breed of app-based moving companies has drawn the interest of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, which wants to ensure that companies with names like Buddytruk and PICKUP are only hiring movers who are properly registered.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz holding a press conference at the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission surrounded by a group of local ranchers who said they've been affected by poor border security.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz holding a press conference at the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission surrounded by a group of local ranchers who said they've been affected by poor border security.

Campaign Won't Say if Cruz Still Wants to Ax the TSA

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is touting a list of agencies that he plans to eliminate if he’s elected president. But the Transportation Security Administration is not on it, even though Cruz has previously called for its abolishment. The senator's campaign has declined to say whether the Texas Republican has changed his position on the issue.

Former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams in Dallas on Oct. 3, 2011 at the construction site of the Bush Presidential Library on the SMU campus.
Former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams in Dallas on Oct. 3, 2011 at the construction site of the Bush Presidential Library on the SMU campus.

Williams: Auto Amendment Was No Conflict

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, a second-generation auto dealer, says any suggestion that an amendment he tacked onto a massive transportation bill last week was a conflict of interest is preposterous. 

 

Vice President Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Houston.
Vice President Joe Biden speaks Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015, in Houston.

Biden Touts Houston's Green Makeover as National Model

Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday praised Houston's effort to turn greener — by harnessing millions of dollars in public and private funds to build parks and paths to connect them — and suggested the city could be a model for other cities looking to attract new businesses by bolstering residents’ quality of life.

Comgressman Roger Williams of Texas' 25th District talks with Gov. Greg Abbott during Veteran's Day ceremonies at the Texas Capitol Nov. 11, 2015.
Comgressman Roger Williams of Texas' 25th District talks with Gov. Greg Abbott during Veteran's Day ceremonies at the Texas Capitol Nov. 11, 2015.

Roger Williams Faces Questions on Auto Dealer Provision

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Buried deep within a massive transportation bill that passed the U.S. House of Representatives is a little-noticed provision that won’t have much effect on highway projects, but is of great interest to automobile dealers. The man who offered the amendment is U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, a second-generation car dealer. 

I-35 tops the 2015 list of the 100 most congested roadways in Texas compiled by the Texas A&M University Texas Transportation Institute.
I-35 tops the 2015 list of the 100 most congested roadways in Texas compiled by the Texas A&M University Texas Transportation Institute.

I-35 in Austin Named the Most Congested Roadway in Texas

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A new report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute named the stretch of I-35 between U.S. 290 N and SH 71 as the most congested roadway in Texas.

 

Voters cast their ballots in Harris County on Oct. 23, 2015. Photo by: Shelby Knowles
Voters cast their ballots in Harris County on Oct. 23, 2015. Photo by: Shelby Knowles

A Closer Look at Turnout for Tuesday's Election

About 430,000 more Texans voted Tuesday than in the 2013 constitutional election. Hear more about turnout and see how many Texans voted — by county — on Proposition 7, which directed more money to the state highway fund. 

Traffic on I-30 on the eastern side of Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall on June 6. A proposed private tollway to relieve traffic in the area appears to be dead.
Traffic on I-30 on the eastern side of Lake Ray Hubbard in Rockwall on June 6. A proposed private tollway to relieve traffic in the area appears to be dead.

TribTalk: Cornyn on Transportation

Proposition 7 has the potential to deliver wide-ranging benefits across the state, from relieving urban and commuter congestion to upgrading critical rural routes to improving the overall safety and efficiency of our roadways, writes Sen. John Cornyn.

On Nov. 3, Texas voters will be asked to consider Proposition 7, a constitutional amendment created to address the state’s growing transportation needs. This photo shows traffic in Dallas.
On Nov. 3, Texas voters will be asked to consider Proposition 7, a constitutional amendment created to address the state’s growing transportation needs. This photo shows traffic in Dallas.

Texans to Decide on Transportation Funding with Prop 7

As Texas' transportation needs multiply, voters in the rapidly growing state will be asked Nov. 3 to consider a way to pay for those needs. Under Prop. 7, the state comptroller would direct some of the taxes collected on car sales to the State Highway Fund, which is used to maintain and construct public roadways and bridges.

The Japanese Shinkansen is a high-speed trail used by JR Central in Japan. A private company is planning to build a rail line between Dallas and Houston using the same trains.
The Japanese Shinkansen is a high-speed trail used by JR Central in Japan. A private company is planning to build a rail line between Dallas and Houston using the same trains.

Firm Claims Bullet Train Will Have $36 Billion Impact

The private firm trying to build a bullet train between Dallas and Houston has released a study claiming it would pump more than $30 billion into the state economy over the next 25 years, including about $2.5 billion in taxes. 

Uber's Austin General Manager, Macro McCottry, leads a march and rally against the proposal set by the Austin Transportation Department. Photos by: Shelby Knowles
Uber's Austin General Manager, Macro McCottry, leads a march and rally against the proposal set by the Austin Transportation Department. Photos by: Shelby Knowles

Uber, Lyft Shun Fingerprint Requirements for Drivers

As cities worldwide struggle to balance the fast growth of vehicle-for-hire apps with traditional taxi services, three Texas markets are providing a test of the regulatory breaking points for Uber and Lyft. Fingerprinting drivers can be a deal-breaker.