Tribpedia: Transportation

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 ...

Ride-hailing nonprofit struggles to survive in Austin

Andy Tryba, co-founder and CEO of RideAustin, at the company's headquarters in downtown Austin on June 14, 2017.
<p>Andy Tryba, co-founder and CEO of RideAustin, at the company's headquarters in downtown Austin on June 14, 2017.</p>

RideAustin, one of several small companies that started operations in Austin after Uber and Lyft left the city in May 2016, is now seeing its ridership cut in half since the two returned to town. The nonprofit is now having to slash operating expenses and cut staff.

As lawmakers and Lyft and Uber drivers look on, Gov. Abbott signs House Bill 100, which creates statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies, in Austin on May 29, 2017.&nbsp;
<p>As lawmakers and Lyft and Uber drivers look on, Gov. Abbott signs House Bill 100, which creates statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies, in Austin on May 29, 2017.&nbsp;</p>

Uber, Lyft return to Austin as Texas Gov. Abbott signs ride-hailing measure into law

Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law a measure to regulate ride-hailing companies, establishing a statewide framework to regulate businesses such as Uber and Lyft.

Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, visits with State Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, after Senate passage of HB 100, which would regulate ride-hailing companies statewide. &nbsp;
<p>Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, visits with State Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, after Senate passage of HB 100, which would regulate ride-hailing companies statewide. &nbsp;</p>

Senate sends bill creating statewide ride-hailing regulations to governor

After a debate among lawmakers over the best way to regulate services like Uber and Lyft, the Texas Senate tentatively backed a proposal that would override local regulations concerning ride-hailing companies.

State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, at a Business and Commerce Committee hearing on March 9, 2017.
<p>State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, at a Business and Commerce Committee hearing on March 9, 2017.</p>

Senate revives House version of ride-hailing bill, keeping “sex” amendment alive

A bill meant to regulate ride-hailing companies has now made its way to the Senate — and senators have revived controversial language that would define "sex" as "the physical condition of being male or female.”

State Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, reacts to comments from Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, during debate on House Bill 100&nbsp;on April 19, 2017. The bill seeks state-level regulation of transportation network companies.
<p>State Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, reacts to comments from Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, during debate on House Bill 100&nbsp;on April 19, 2017. The bill seeks state-level regulation of transportation network companies.</p>

House Democrats disavow ride-hailing bill after addition of “sex” amendment

A group of House members removed their names as co-authors of a bill that would regulate ride-hailing companies because of an amendment that defines “sex” as the “physical condition of being male or female.”

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.

Bills aimed at controversial Dallas-Houston bullet train sail out of Senate committee

Five bills approved by the Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday would impact or hinder a private company's plans to build a bullet train from Dallas to Houston.

Road crews were prolific in the Midland region in 2016 following an oil boom, when heavy truck traffic obliterated highways.
<p>Road crews were prolific in the Midland region in 2016 following an oil boom, when heavy truck traffic obliterated highways.</p>

Analysis: Is this Texas state budget trick constitutional?

The Texas Senate is proposing a new accounting trick to balance its 2018-19 budget. The contrivance would work, mathematically speaking, but it raises constitutional questions and faces derision from the House.

The Alliance for Transportation Innovation in February 2016 offered Texans trips in a driverless shuttle that maneuvered along a pre-programmed route in parking lots near Globe Life Park in Arlington.
The Alliance for Transportation Innovation in February 2016 offered Texans trips in a driverless shuttle that maneuvered along a pre-programmed route in parking lots near Globe Life Park in Arlington.

GOP lawmaker wants Texas law to catch up to driverless cars

State Rep. Charlie Geren filed a bill this week that aims to overcome the car industry opposition that crushed an autonomous vehicle bill two years ago. But he says there's lots of work left to do on it.

State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, answers questions regarding a lean Texas budget with an appearance at a Texas Tribune event on Feb. 23, 2017.
State Rep. John Zerwas, R-Richmond, answers questions regarding a lean Texas budget with an appearance at a Texas Tribune event on Feb. 23, 2017.

Texas House's chief budget writer: State shouldn't cut border security funding

The Texas’ House’s chief budget writer said that President Trump’s emergence in Washington shouldn’t give state lawmakers license to slice hefty appropriations for border security — at least not yet. 

 

The Dallas station of a proposed Dallas-Houston bullet train will likely be on the southwest side of downtown, on a patch of empty land between an existing rail line and the interchange of two highways.
The Dallas station of a proposed Dallas-Houston bullet train will likely be on the southwest side of downtown, on a patch of empty land between an existing rail line and the interchange of two highways.

How to pay for a $12 billion bullet train without asking Texas for money

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Texas Central Partners says global interest in American infrastructure will fund and finance a high-speed rail line from Dallas to Houston. Experts and critics are more skeptical. 

Texans Against High Speed Rail Chairman Ben Leman, who is also Grimes County judge, stands for a portrait in the Grimes County Courthouse in Anderson on Feb. 21, 2017.
Texans Against High Speed Rail Chairman Ben Leman, who is also Grimes County judge, stands for a portrait in the Grimes County Courthouse in Anderson on Feb. 21, 2017.

"Come and take it": Eminent domain dispute at heart of bullet train battles

In both courthouses and at the Capitol, opponents of a private company’s plans to build a Dallas-Houston bullet train have zeroed on in the firm's claim that it has the authority to take land by condemnation if necessary.

A natural gas drilling boom in the Eagle Ford Shale area in South Texas is straining the area's rural roads as more than 1,000 loaded trucks are needed to bring a single well into production.
A natural gas drilling boom in the Eagle Ford Shale area in South Texas is straining the area's rural roads as more than 1,000 loaded trucks are needed to bring a single well into production.

With money tight, Texas budget writers eyeing billions approved by voters for roads

More than a year after Texas voters approved routing billions in state sales taxes to roads and bridges, some lawmakers are questioning whether the first payment of $5 billion should move forward as planned.