Tribpedia: Transportation

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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 ...

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The Polling Center: From Smooth Sailing to Traffic Jam

A line of Department of Public Safety troopers keeps order in the House gallery on July 9, 2013.
A line of Department of Public Safety troopers keeps order in the House gallery on July 9, 2013.

The regular Texas legislative session was notable for bipartisan coalitions and harmony. The special sessions have been notable for partisan battles and stalemates. To understand what's going on, just look at the voters.

Route to Deal on Cash for Roads Remains Hazy

Lawmakers hoping to find a viable transportation funding measure in the third special session are looking closely at a plan that failed in the first two special sessions. But some weary legislators have expressed frustrations that Gov. Rick Perry called them back too soon and that they may fail again to find common ground.

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. 

State Sens. Robert Nichols and Joan Huffman.
State Sens. Robert Nichols and Joan Huffman.

In Abortion Fight, Other Bills Were Collateral Damage

Legislation that would create sentencing guidelines for 17-year-old murderers and increase funding for road construction were not the target of state Sen. Wendy Davis' abortion filibuster, but died amid her high-profile — and eventually successful — effort. Gov. Rick Perry has not said whether he will call a second special session to revisit those issues. 

A Dead End for Road Funding?

Texas Weekly

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. 

The JR Central N700 Series, a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train developed by two railway companies in Japan.
The JR Central N700 Series, a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train developed by two railway companies in Japan.

Bullet Train Plan Sparks Turf War in Dallas-Fort Worth

A private firm's plan to develop a high-speed rail line between Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston is being closely watched by officials in North Texas, where there are varying opinions as to where the first station should be built. Texas Central High-Speed Railway hopes to have its bullet trains up and running by 2020.

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.