Two ideas are gaining momentum as Texas lawmakers consider ways to raise more money for road projects: raising the vehicle registration fee by $50 and dedicating the sales tax on car purchases to transportation. Supporters of both ideas are working to convince lawmakers that ignoring the issue for another session is a more expensive option.Full Story
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 ...
A possible boost in imports to Texas has prompted state officials to consider allowing heavier trucks on some of the state's interstate highways.Full Story
A study by a transportation research group suggests that issues with Texas roadways cost drivers $23 billion a year in lost time and vehicle damage.Full Story
Think older drivers might be a problem now? Wait for the baby boomers, who are reaching retirement age.Full Story
The 85 mph speed limit assigned to a new toll road opening in Central Texas is drawing plenty of interest, but it may not draw many truck drivers, according to an official with the Texas Motor Transportation Association.Full Story
Plans to allow the highest posted speed limit in the country on a new Texas toll road are drawing warnings that the project is reckless, while local residents fear their interests are being ignored.Full Story
The Texas Department of Transportation's annual list of the 100 most congested roadways ranks a section of Interstate 35W in Fort Worth as the worst stretch of asphalt in the state. Use our sortable table to look at TxDOT's list.Full Story
UPDATED: The Texas Department of Transportation has approved an 85 mph speed limit, the fastest in the country, for a toll road stretch under construction from Austin to Seguin.Full Story
The Texas Department of Transportation will decide soon whether to grant a new stretch of toll road the fastest speed limit in the country. More than just bragging rights are at stake.Full Story
El Paso is facing an unusual problem as it prepares for its first toll road. Drivers without electronic toll tags will be sent a bill in the mail, and some are wondering if Mexican drivers will get a free ride.Full Story
Ten months into his tenure, the executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation on funding the state's transportation needs, the prospects for high-speed rail and what the expansion of the Panama Canal means for Texas ports.Full Story
This week on the Newsreel, a look at property taxes versus sales taxes, 85-mph speed limits and Super PAC contributions from Texas.Full Story
By 2020, bullet trains might be transporting Texans between Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston in less than 90 minutes, if a private firm's plans to build the system without public funding come to fruition.Full Story
A new report shows a growing disconnect between the number of jobs located near public transportation and the number of workers who can easily use it. And Texas metro areas are below the national averages for connectivity.Full Story
A Texas conference started 15 years ago at the request of U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, has grown into one of the leading transportation policy gatherings in the country.Full Story
TxDOT released the state’s first transportation plan for rural areas last week, intending it as a “blueprint” for future transportation projects and services in rural areas through 2035.Full Story
The Texas Department of Transportation announced this year that it had an extra $2 billion in funding. And that could hurt the agency's attempts at getting extra funding next session.Full Story
The Texas Department of Transportation is urging Congressional leaders to give states more discretion in charging tolls and using private funding for road projects.Full Story
More energy producers are making "donations" to the Texas Department of Transportation to fix roads torn up by gas well operations.Full Story
Voters clearly want good schools and nice roads and low taxes. It's a political and policy question straight out of a business textbook: What's the right balance of price and quality?Full Story