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Houston resident Chase Floyd  focuses on his phone while taking Houston METRO's Route 20 bus home from work.
Houston resident Chase Floyd focuses on his phone while taking Houston METRO's Route 20 bus home from work.

As Houston's overhaul draws new riders, other cities mulling bus changes

Houston's bus overhaul, planned for years but rolled out literally overnight in 2015, has led to an increase in bus ridership, bucking state and national trends. Many are taking notice.

As the doors open at 7 a.m. on Election Day 2016, people stream into the George Washington Carver Library in Austin, Texas to cast their vote.
As the doors open at 7 a.m. on Election Day 2016, people stream into the George Washington Carver Library in Austin, Texas to cast their vote.

Houston schools measure lags, Austin transit bond leads

Harris County elected a Democratic district attorney, Houston ISD voters thumbed their noses at the Texas school finance system and Austin voters backed a $720 million transportation bond.

Houston schools measure lags, Austin transit bond leads

As the doors open at 7 a.m. on Election Day 2016, people stream into the George Washington Carver Library in Austin, Texas to cast their vote.
As the doors open at 7 a.m. on Election Day 2016, people stream into the George Washington Carver Library in Austin, Texas to cast their vote.

Harris County elected a Democratic district attorney, Houston ISD voters thumbed their noses at the Texas school finance system and Austin voters backed a $720 million transportation bond.

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Dallas' Love Field hides its presidential history

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The bronze marker on a taxiway at Love Field, inaccessible to the public, which forever marks the spot where LBJ took the oath of office on November 22, 1963.
The bronze marker on a taxiway at Love Field, inaccessible to the public, which forever marks the spot where LBJ took the oath of office on November 22, 1963.

Plans to create an exhibit at the airport to commemorate where Lyndon Baines Johnson was sworn in as president after John F. Kennedy's assassination have faced numerous mysterious hurdles.

Former TxDOT Commissioner Joins Firm Developing Texas Bullet Train

Jeff Moseley, a former member of the Texas Transportation Commission, will serve as state vice president for Texas Central, a company developing a high-speed rail between Houston and Dallas.
Jeff Moseley, a former member of the Texas Transportation Commission, will serve as state vice president for Texas Central, a company developing a high-speed rail between Houston and Dallas.

Just over two weeks after announcing his resignation from the Transportation Commission, Jeff Moseley has joined the leadership of a private company developing a high-speed train project between Dallas and Houston.

Abbott Appoints Gulf States Toyota Executive to Transportation Commission

Greg Abbott said boosting transportation funding would be a priority for him during his first term as governor.
Greg Abbott said boosting transportation funding would be a priority for him during his first term as governor.

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Gulf States Toyota executive Laura Ryan to the Texas Transportation Commission on Monday. Ryan currently serves as chair of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board.

DMV Board Votes to Hike Some Vehicle Registration Fees

Fry Auto Title Service in South Austin.
Fry Auto Title Service in South Austin.

Over the objection of some local officials, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board passed proposals Monday that will impact how much Texans pay for vehicle registrations as well as potentially drive some private firms out of business. 

Rural Texas County Tries to Derail High-Speed Train

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.

In a rebuke of a private firm’s plans to build a bullet train between Houston and Dallas, local officials in rural southeastern Texas moved Tuesday to restrict high-speed rail development in their corner part of the state.

 

Lawmaker Asks Ken Paxton to Weigh In on Car Registration Debate

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Inspection stickers will begin disappearing from Texas vehicles when the state rolls out a new single-sticker program for inspection and registration on March 1, 2015.
Inspection stickers will begin disappearing from Texas vehicles when the state rolls out a new single-sticker program for inspection and registration on March 1, 2015.

Amid a turf battle between the state's Department of Motor Vehicles and some Texas counties over who should handle vehicle registration renewals, a state lawmaker has asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to weigh in.

Bullet Train Critics Hope to Stop Project in its Tracks Next Year

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.

Texas lawmakers could put up major road blocks next year for a private firm's plans to build a high-speed rail project now that a federal transportation board has decided the project falls under state jurisdiction.

 

Rural Landowners May Sue TxDOT Over Toll Road Plan

Axis deer wander on Bill Voss' 216-acre property in Grimes County. Voss added whitetail deer, zebra, peacocks and other animals to the property after purchasing it in 2015.
Axis deer wander on Bill Voss' 216-acre property in Grimes County. Voss added whitetail deer, zebra, peacocks and other animals to the property after purchasing it in 2015.

Bill Voss said he is prepared to sue the Texas Department of Transportation over the agency's handling of proposed routes for a toll road that would cut across his land in Grimes County. Several frustrated neighbors may join him.