The Transportation track at the 2015 Texas Tribune Festival included panel discussions on high-speed rail, transportation planning, urban mobility and the Legislature. There was also a one-on-one conversation with Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Tryon Lewis. Scroll down to listen to audio from each session.
The "Fight Over Rail" panel, moderated by Texas Tribune reporter Aman Batheja, featured state Sen. Sylvia Garcia, D-Houston; Texas Central Partners CEO Tim Keith; Bill Meadows, the chairman of the Commission for High-Speed Rail in the Dallas-Fort Worth region; Kyle Workman, president of Texans Against High-Speed Rail; and state Rep. John Wray, R-Waxahachie.
The "Roadmap for the Future" panel, moderated by Texas Tribune reporter Alana Rocha, featured state Rep. Cindy Burkett, R-Sunnyvale; former Texas Transportation Commission Chairwoman Deirdre Delisi; Cintra U.S. president Nicolas Rubio; state Rep. Ron Simmons, R-Carrollton; and and Raymond Telles, executive director of the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority.
Tryon Lewis, chairman of the Texas Transportation Commission, was interviewed by Texas Tribune reporter Aman Batheja.
The "Urban Mobility Reality Check" panel, moderated by Austin American-Statesman reporter Ben Wear, featured Austin City Councilwoman Delia Garza, Houston City Councilwoman Ed Gonzalez, Dallas City Councilman Philip Kingston, San Antonio City Councilman Ron Nirenberg and El Paso City Representative Peter Svarzbein.
The "Transportation and the Legislature" panel, moderated by Texas Tribune Managing Editor Ayan Mittra, featured state Sens. Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, and Don Huffines, R-Dallas, and state Reps. Armando "Mando" Martinez, D-Weslaco, and Joe Pickett, D-El Paso.