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Lawmaker Asks Ken Paxton to Step In on Car Registration Spat

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.

Texas Bullet Train Opponents Hope to Block Project 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.

Former TxDOT Commissioner Joins Firm Developing 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.

Proposed DMV Rules Could Put Firms Out of Business

Sharon Fry, who owns Fry Auto Title Service in South Austin with her husband, is worried about a Texas Department of Motor Vehicle proposal to regulate the fees her business can charge.
Sharon Fry, who owns Fry Auto Title Service in South Austin with her husband, is worried about a Texas Department of Motor Vehicle proposal to regulate the fees her business can charge.

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Board will meet Monday to consider proposals drawing ire from popular private title service companies that operate in just a few counties in Texas.

Lawmakers Seek Roadmap For Ride-Hailing Regulation

Texas lawmakers are poised to discuss statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies next session, although there's no clear consensus on what rules, if any, should be proposed come January.
Texas lawmakers are poised to discuss statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies next session, although there's no clear consensus on what rules, if any, should be proposed come January.

State lawmakers are poised to discuss ride-hailing for the second time in two weeks on Thursday, attention many expect to carry into the upcoming legislative session as some legislators attempt to wrest regulatory power from cities.

Austin Drivers File Suit Against Uber, Lyft

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.

A pair of former drivers for Uber and Lyft filed dual class action lawsuits Thursday against the ride-hailing companies over their abrupt exit from the Austin market last month.

Ride-Hailing Companies Bring Battle to the Legislature

Rena Davis, left, a public policy manager for Lyft, and Sarfraz Maredia, right, general manager for Uber in Texas, testify before the House Committee on Business and Industry on June 8, 2016.
Rena Davis, left, a public policy manager for Lyft, and Sarfraz Maredia, right, general manager for Uber in Texas, testify before the House Committee on Business and Industry on June 8, 2016.

Representatives from Uber and Lyft urged lawmakers to adopt statewide regulations for the ride-hailing industry during a Texas Capitol hearing on Wednesday.

With Uber and Lyft Gone, Ride-Hailing Startups Swarm Austin

Since Uber and Lyft left Austin, the city has opened its doors to an influx of new companies including Arcade City, getme, RideAustin, InstaRyde, zTrip, Wingz, Fasten and Fare.
Since Uber and Lyft left Austin, the city has opened its doors to an influx of new companies including Arcade City, getme, RideAustin, InstaRyde, zTrip, Wingz, Fasten and Fare.

Less than a month after Uber and Lyft left Austin over the city's regulations, at least six new companies offering similar services have launched in the city and are fighting for market share.

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.

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