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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 ...

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. Both Uber and Lyft have vowed to cease operations in the city on Monday.

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.

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz holding a press conference at the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission surrounded by a group of local ranchers who said they've been affected by poor border security.
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz holding a press conference at the Anzalduas International Bridge in Mission surrounded by a group of local ranchers who said they've been affected by poor border security.

Campaign Won't Say Whether Cruz Still Wants to Ax the TSA

U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is touting a list of agencies that he plans to eliminate if he’s elected president. But the Transportation Security Administration is not on it, even though Cruz has previously called for its abolishment.

Former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams in Dallas on Oct. 3, 2011 at the construction site of the Bush Presidential Library on the SMU campus.
Former Texas Secretary of State Roger Williams in Dallas on Oct. 3, 2011 at the construction site of the Bush Presidential Library on the SMU campus.

Williams: Auto Amendment Was No Conflict

U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, a second-generation auto dealer, says any suggestion that an amendment he tacked onto a massive transportation bill last week was a conflict of interest is preposterous. 

 

Comgressman Roger Williams of Texas' 25th District talks with Gov. Greg Abbott during Veteran's Day ceremonies at the Texas Capitol Nov. 11, 2015.
Comgressman Roger Williams of Texas' 25th District talks with Gov. Greg Abbott during Veteran's Day ceremonies at the Texas Capitol Nov. 11, 2015.

Was Roger Williams' Auto Dealer Amendment a Conflict of Interest?

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Buried within a massive federal transportation bill is a little-noticed provision that is of great interest to automobile dealers. The man who offered the amendment is U.S. Rep. Roger Williams, a second-generation car dealer. 

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.

I-35 in Austin Named the Most Congested Roadway in Texas

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A new report from the Texas A&M Transportation Institute named the stretch of I-35 between U.S. 290 N and SH 71 as the most congested roadway in Texas. We map the 10 most congested roadways. 

Voters cast their ballots in Harris County on Oct. 23, 2015. Photo by: Shelby Knowles
Voters cast their ballots in Harris County on Oct. 23, 2015. Photo by: Shelby Knowles

A Closer Look at Turnout for Tuesday's Election

About 430,000 more Texans voted Tuesday than in the 2013 constitutional election. Hear more about turnout and see how many Texans voted — by county — on Proposition 7, which directed more money to the state highway fund.