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Pro and against signs of Austin's Prop 1 ride-hailing vote posted along voting centers on University of Texas at Austin's campus on April 28, 2016.
Pro and against signs of Austin's Prop 1 ride-hailing vote posted along voting centers on University of Texas at Austin's campus on April 28, 2016.

After Austin Vote, GOP State Senator Announces Ride-Hailing Legislation

After the failure of Austin's Proposition 1, the debate over regulating companies like Uber and Lyft looks likely to move from the local to the state level in Texas. State Sen. Charles Schwertner said Sunday he would file legislation next year “designed to establish consistent and predictable statewide regulation of ridesharing services."

Austin's Prop 1 signs posted along University of Texas at Austin's campus voting center on April 28, 2016.
Austin's Prop 1 signs posted along University of Texas at Austin's campus voting center on April 28, 2016.

Austin's Proposition 1 Defeated

Austin's Proposition 1, a ride-hailing ordinance supported by Uber and Lyft was defeated Saturday. With all precincts reporting late Saturday night, 48,673 voted against the ordinance and 38,539 voted for it.

Austin-based vehicle-for-hire company Get Me LLC, which it stylizes as getme, says it will continue operating in Austin if voters reject a proposed ordinance preventing fingerprint background checks for drivers. The company claims it will be able to address the city's ride-hailing needs if Uber and Lyft leave.
Austin-based vehicle-for-hire company Get Me LLC, which it stylizes as getme, says it will continue operating in Austin if voters reject a proposed ordinance preventing fingerprint background checks for drivers. The company claims it will be able to address the city's ride-hailing needs if Uber and Lyft leave.

Company Says it Will Fill Gap if Uber, Lyft Leave Austin After Vote

Uber and Lyft have pledged to leave Austin if the city votes down an ordinance preventing fingerprint-based background checks. But a smaller Austin-based company called getme insists it can fill the gap.

Austin's Proposition 1 Defeated

Austin's Prop 1 signs posted along University of Texas at Austin's campus voting center on April 28, 2016.
Austin's Prop 1 signs posted along University of Texas at Austin's campus voting center on April 28, 2016.

Austin's Proposition 1, a ride-hailing ordinance supported by Uber and Lyft was defeated Saturday. With all precincts reporting late Saturday night, 48,673 voted against the ordinance and 38,539 voted for it.

Company Says it Will Fill Gap if Uber, Lyft Leave Austin After Vote

Austin-based vehicle-for-hire company Get Me LLC, which it stylizes as getme, says it will continue operating in Austin if voters reject a proposed ordinance preventing fingerprint background checks for drivers. The company claims it will be able to address the city's ride-hailing needs if Uber and Lyft leave.
Austin-based vehicle-for-hire company Get Me LLC, which it stylizes as getme, says it will continue operating in Austin if voters reject a proposed ordinance preventing fingerprint background checks for drivers. The company claims it will be able to address the city's ride-hailing needs if Uber and Lyft leave.

Uber and Lyft have pledged to leave Austin if the city votes down an ordinance preventing fingerprint-based background checks. But a smaller Austin-based company called getme insists it can fill the gap.

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Ahead of Austin Election Over Regulating Uber, Local Leaders Take Sides

President of Taxi Drivers Association of Austin, Dave Passmore, right, and board member, Nega Taddesse, left, spoke to the media about their concerns with Uber and Lyft on March 15, 2016. Alongside Passmore and Taddesse, a group of drivers gathered outside a major South by Southwest event to protest Uber’s attempt to bully the City of Austin into adopting its version of a ride-sharing ordinance.
President of Taxi Drivers Association of Austin, Dave Passmore, right, and board member, Nega Taddesse, left, spoke to the media about their concerns with Uber and Lyft on March 15, 2016. Alongside Passmore and Taddesse, a group of drivers gathered outside a major South by Southwest event to protest Uber’s attempt to bully the City of Austin into adopting its version of a ride-sharing ordinance.

With less than a month until Austin voters will be asked to decide how to regulate vehicle-for-hire companies like Uber and Lyft, advocates on both sides are amping up their campaign efforts.

Font on Texas Highway Signs Set for Another Shift

Two sample highway signs reveal the differences between Clearview, above, which Texas began using in 2004, and the traditional highway sign font, Standard Highway Alphabet, below.
Two sample highway signs reveal the differences between Clearview, above, which Texas began using in 2004, and the traditional highway sign font, Standard Highway Alphabet, below.

The Federal Highway Administration is no longer permitting states to use an experimental font called Clearview on highway signs. Texas, one of the typeface's earliest adopters, has used it on its new highway signs since 2004.

TxDOT Planning $1.3 Billion to Relieve Worst Traffic in Texas Cities

I-35 tops the 2015 list of the 100 most congested roadways in Texas compiled by the Texas A&M University Texas Transportation Institute.
I-35 tops the 2015 list of the 100 most congested roadways in Texas compiled by the Texas A&M University Texas Transportation Institute.

The Texas Transportation Commission is expected to approve a $1.3 billion plan Thursday aimed to funding 14 roadway projects designed to relieve gridlock in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and San Antonio.

Bullet Train Opponents Reach Out to Japanese Ambassador

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.

Thirty-three East Texas officials, including 11 from the Legislature, signed a letter to Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae opposing a private firm's proposed high-speed rail that has strong ties to a Japanese company.

Texas Supreme Court Asked to Weigh in on Austin's Battle with Uber

Austin Uber drivers participate in a rally against the proposal set by the Austin Transportation Department on Sept. 2, 2015.
Austin Uber drivers participate in a rally against the proposal set by the Austin Transportation Department on Sept. 2, 2015.

An Austin resident, supported by Uber, has asked the Texas Supreme Court to weigh in on the ballot language for a measure related to vehicle-for-hire companies scheduled to come before voters on May 7.

North Carolina Sending Top Official to Texas Over Toll Road Bankruptcy

The U.S. 183/S.H. 130 intersection north of Lockhart near the opening of the southern portion of SH130 toll road, which runs from Georgetown to Seguin.
The U.S. 183/S.H. 130 intersection north of Lockhart near the opening of the southern portion of SH130 toll road, which runs from Georgetown to Seguin.

In the wake of a recent bankruptcy filingfrom a private company that operates a Texas toll road, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory has dispatched his top transportation official to Texas as his state begins work on a similar project.

SH 130 Toll Road Operator Files for Bankruptcy

The 85 mph speed limit on a portion of the SH 130 toll road between Austin and Seguin is the highest speed limit in the nation.
The 85 mph speed limit on a portion of the SH 130 toll road between Austin and Seguin is the highest speed limit in the nation.

A private company that operates part of the Texas toll road with the highest speed limit in the country filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, fewer than three years after the section of the road it oversees first opened.