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 ...

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.

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

DMV Board Votes to Hike Some Vehicle Registration Fees

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. 

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.

Proposed DMV Rules Could Put Some Firms Out of Business

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.

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.

Lawmakers Seek Roadmap For Ride-Hailing Regulation

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.

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.

Ride-Hailing Companies Bring Battle to the Legislature

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

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.

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

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 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.

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.

Austin Battle Over Ride-Hailing Will Resound Beyond City Limits

A hard-fought Austin special election over regulations for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft might signal the new normal as the companies aggressively battle to dominate the emerging industry on their own terms.

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

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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.

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.

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

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.

The Sam Houston Parkway, along with the Sam Houston Tollway, in Houston.
The Sam Houston Parkway, along with the Sam Houston Tollway, in Houston.

Paying Off Toll Roads Could Top $30 Billion

If Texas decided to pay off construction debt on nearly all of its toll roads tomorrow, the price tag would be somewhere in the neighborhood of $30 billion, according to a preliminary report. 

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.

Font on Texas Highway Signs Set for Another Shift

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.

A screenshot of the Uber app in Midland, provided by Public Information Officer Sara Bustilloz.
A screenshot of the Uber app in Midland, provided by Public Information Officer Sara Bustilloz.

Across Texas, Uber Puts Cities in Tough Spot

Three Texas cities are facing serious questions about how much to alter local statutes in order to persuade Uber, an app-based vehicle-for-hire company, to continue operating. 

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.

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

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.

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.

Bullet Train Opponents Reach Out to Japanese Ambassador

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.

A new breed of app-based moving companies has drawn the interest of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, which wants to ensure that the companies are following state laws.
A new breed of app-based moving companies has drawn the interest of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, which wants to ensure that the companies are following state laws.

Uber-Style Moving Apps Draw State's Attention

A new breed of app-based moving companies has drawn the interest of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles, which wants to ensure that companies with names like Buddytruk and PICKUP are following state laws.