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 objected ...
The snowstorm that created a traffic nightmare last week in Atlanta last week sheds light on the challenges facing car-dependent urban areas in Texas and other states that see severe winter weather infrequently.Full Story
State transportation officials will start public hearings this week on a high-speed rail study that includes Oklahoma and Mexico. Officials are also expected to launch a commission to look at a rail proposal focused on Dallas-Fort Worth. They stress that funding will remain a challenge to any projects that might move forward.Full Story
A coalition of public officials in the U.S. federal government, the Mexican federal government and Texas are discussing how to develop and finance a high-speed rail line connecting San Antonio to Monterrey, Mexico.Full Story
The Federal Railroad Administration is moving forward with studies on the environmental impact of building a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston and a shorter line between Fort Worth and Dallas.Full Story
Both Democratic and Republican candidates in 2014 races have pledged to increase resources for the cash-strapped Texas Department of Transportation. While the issue does not draw the emotional response of debates over education reform and abortion regulations, candidates are betting that traffic concerns resonate with voters.Full Story
A surge in truck traffic related to the drilling boom in parts of Texas has resulted in a smaller boom in the windshield replacement industry. Rural transportation providers say the trucks tend to send rocks and debris flying into vehicles on the road behind them.Full Story
The Lower Colorado River Authority's board tapped Phil Wilson, the Texas Department of Transportation's executive director, to be the agency's new general manager. The announcement came as a surprise, and TxDOT said it has no transition plan in place for Wilson's departure at the end of the year.Full Story
Transportation officials see emerging technologies playing a role in helping the state address issues like traffic congestion and safety. A new report, commissioned by the Texas Department of Transportation, stresses the need for the state to consider partnering with the private sector on related initiatives.Full Story
Natural gas is gaining a toehold in Texas’ transportation sector, as state policy and simple economics incentivize large organizations to buy vehicles that run on it. But costs continue to limit the number of natural gas-powered personal vehicles from hitting roads.Full Story
Three candidates for Texas governor have taken different positions on red light cameras, a controversial traffic enforcement tool employed by dozens of Texas cities. While supporters of the cameras insist they reduce accidents, critics argue that they actually trigger more collisions and that cities employ them to collect millions in fines.Full Story
In Austin, transportation planners are hopeful that a toll project on MoPac Boulevard will eventually help increase ridership on city buses, which will be able to use the new tolled lanes for free. With the practice of "dynamic tolling," tolls will be constantly adjusted to keep traffic flowing, and buses using the lanes could cut some time off their routes.
La Salle County officials have agreed to pay a portion of the repair costs and all the maintenance costs for 20 miles of roads that the Texas Department of Transportation had intended to convert to gravel.Full Story
Debate over the Texas Department of Transportation's controversial plan to convert some damaged asphalt roads to gravel has come up in a fight between the House and Senate to boost the agency's funding. House Speaker Joe Straus says he is unconvinced that the agency's plan to convert paved roads to gravel is needed.Full Story
Texas voters said yes to a big-ticket proposition for water projects and no to some other spending items, leaving a question for policymakers with a to-do list full of expensive problems: Is the public willing to go along? With no consistent message from voters, money is always politicians' biggest problem.Full Story
As state and local leaders consider what to do about the most congested segment of road in Texas, Interstate 35 through central Austin, the possibility of swapping the interstate with a nearby toll road remains a possibility. The mere fact that such a switch is being considered indicates how worried officials are about future congestion.Full Story
At the Trib's Oct. 17 symposium on transportation at Southern Methodist University, Aman Batheja sat down with Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins; Tarrant County Commissioner Gary Fickes; John Langmore, vice chairman of Austin's Capitol Metropolitan Transportation Authority board; and former U.S. Rep. Charlie Gonzalez, chief of public engagement for VIA Metropolitan Transit in San Antonio.Full Story
M. Smith on wasted private tutoring efforts, Satija on government protection for the lesser prairie chicken, Root finds a new nest of Democratic trial lawyers, Malewitz finds a border skirmish featuring mollusks, Hamilton with the latest on politics at the University of Texas, Batheja on the link between vehicle traffic and bond ratings, Aguilar finds some promise in a juvenile justice program in Eagle Pass and Aaronson covers the court fight over new abortion regulations: The best of our best for the week of Oct. 21-25, 2013.Full Story
At the Trib's Oct. 17 symposium on transportation at Southern Methodist University, Aman Batheja sat down with Ted Houghton, chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, and Phil Wilson, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation.Full Story
At the Trib's Oct. 17 symposium on transportation at Southern Methodist University, I sat down with four members of the House Transportation Committee: Chairman Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, and state Reps. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale, Linda Harper-Brown, R-Irving, and Joe Pickett, D-El Paso.
Elected officials and business leaders in Presidio and its Mexican sister city, Ojinaga, are drafting their own safety plan, hoping the USDA will consider reopening a cattle inspection site in Mexico. Since the site was shuttered last year over safety concerns, locals say the cattle industry has declined and the towns are suffering.Full Story
A year after opening, a privately operated toll road in Central Texas may be in danger of defaulting next year, increasing the scrutiny of a funding model touted by transportation advocates and state leaders as key to managing the state's growth.Full Story
State lawmakers are expected to give the Texas Department of Transportation an extra $250 million for work in counties affected by the drilling boom, but that likely won't stop some paved roads from being converted to gravel.Full Story
Details of an expensive, privately funded high-speed rail project connecting Dallas and Houston will come out next year, just in time for candidates for office to weigh in.Full Story
The cash-strapped Texas Department of Transportation is hoping to partner with a vendor to launch a new line of merchandise that takes advantage of the company's intellectual property, most notably — "Don't Mess With Texas."Full Story
As the Texas Department of Transportation blames a funding shortfall for its plans to convert some rural roads to gravel, South Texans argue they are being unfairly punished for the region’s drilling boom. Texas' coffers are bulging from oil production taxes, and they say maintaining roads damaged by drilling trucks should be the state's priority.Full Story