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 objected to the costs, the amount of land required, and the routes, among other things.

Other ideas have found some regional acceptance in the face of opposition, such as allowing private companies to build roads and to be repaid by tolls from drivers who use those roads.

And some ideas — like raising gasoline taxes and/or indexing the tax rate to inflation — have stalled in the Legislature.


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Artist's visualization of a Vertical Take-off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft in Dallas.
State Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, reacts to comments from Rep. Tony Tinderholt, R-Arlington, during debate on House Bill 100 on April 19, 2017. The bill seeks state-level regulation of transportation network companies.
Cars approach downtown Houston on southbound Interstate 45. Cars back up during afternoon weekday traffic on southbound Interstate 45 in Houston north of downtown. Houston resident Chase Floyd  focuses on his phone while taking Houston METRO's Route 20 bus home from work. A Houston METRO bus passenger pays their fare after boarding at a stop downtown in November 2016. Houston METRO passengers wait for buses at a stop in downtown Houston in November 2016. A Houston METRO train picks up passengers at the city's Downtown Transit Center in November 2016. A train pulls up to the Downtown Transit Center outside Houston METRO headquarters in November 2016. 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. disclosure Gil Peñalosa, an international expert on livable communities and the Executive Director of 8-80 Cities, talks bicycles at a transportation policy luncheon in the Texas Capitol building on February 03 2011. The Texas Transportation Commission meets on July 29, 2010. Screengrab from "Roads" Photograph of a highway A Texas Department of Public Safety official seal.

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