Transportation

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is starting the environmental study phase of its proposal to build a double-decker highway along I-35 north, and Monday, March 9, is the last day for public comment.

TxDOT spokeswoman Laura Lopez said the 15-mile project is designed to ease I-35 congestion for commuters and commercial traffic between Loop 410 and FM 1103 in Schertz.

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Members of a Texas House committee receive emotional testimony with regard to proposed legislation that would impose a statewide ban on texting while driving. Support for the measure at the State Capitol continues to build and even the governor indicated he could support a ban.

In 2011, Rick Perry, then the governor, vetoed a bill to ban texting while driving.

Instead of fighting like cats and dogs, Congress appears to be coming together for a change, and maybe it's because of our feline and canine friends.

In a rare bipartisan vote, the House Wednesday approved an Amtrak funding bill that will keep the trains running for another four years, and allow some pets to ride along on the intercity passenger rail service.

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Adding toll lanes to a portion of Loop 1604 across the North side is being considered to help ease congestion. You can take a look at an Environmental Assessment study during an open house Wednesday evening.

The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation, is hosting the open house to share information and request community input on potential changes to Loop 1604, including adding toll lanes between Bandera Road and I-35.

While parts of the nation saw serious failures in public transit in the last few weeks, Houston was busy approving a new transit project that would overhaul the entire METRO bus network without increasing operating costs.

The plan seeks to broaden the system, allowing riders to get to most areas of the city without relying on infrequent buses. But that comes with a trade-off: by cutting low-rider routes, some may be left without public transportation.

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