Transportation

Transportation
4:32 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

City Taking Over Maintenance For Some State Roads In Limited TxDOT "Turnback" Deal

This year the city will take control of the stretch of Broadway from IH-35 to Alamo Heights.
Eileen Pace TPR News

San Antonio will be taking control of 21.8 miles of roads within the city that are currently owned and maintained by the state.

But to get to this point, city leaders placed strict conditional requirements on the Texas Department of Transportation.

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Texas Politics
3:13 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Business Groups Speak Out Against Tea Party Legislators Who Opposed Funding Bills

The Texas Future Business Alliance is hoping to get Republican candidates through the primary who support funding urgent state needs like water, roads and education, all hot topics in the last legislative session.
Ryan Poppe TPR News

Some of Texas’ biggest trade and business associations are looking to counter anti-big government groups like the tea party that have crowded recent Republican primaries -- the group’s effort is in response to actions taken in the past legislative session against state infrastructure bills.

The Texas Future Business Alliance is made up of ten business groups that are supporting Republican candidates who have supported water infrastructure bills and transportation and education funding in the past.

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Transportation
2:02 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Texas Transportation Forum A Chance For Inter-City Collaboration/Competition

Traffic flows northbound on Hwy 281 at Nakoma.
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Just before the ninth-annual Texas Transportation Forum got underway in San Antonio, leaders announced a $800 million investment in the city that will expand portions of Hwy 281, Loop 1604 and I-10. The move makes way for toll lanes on portions of the roadways, but there will continue to be free lanes.

San Antonio District 6 Councilman Ray Lopez said the forum is a chance to get ideas from other entities on how they are moving people.

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Texas Legislature
2:16 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Looking Back At Bipartisan Success And Fierce Debates In The 83rd Legislature

Eileen Pace TPR News

From beer bills and a kumbaya legislative sessions to abortion bills and protests, Texas Public Radio takes a look back at some of 2013 legislative highlights.

The 83rd Legislature had several phases, the first of which was what has been commonly called the Texas lawmakers "kumbaya" session, where Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, was able to pass legislation with bipartisan support for a bill that gives Texas beer makers an opportunity to sell their craft beyond their brew pubs.

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Transportation
2:03 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Even An 85 MPH Highway Can't Fix Austin's Traffic Tangle

Texas Highway 130, a new Austin bypass toll road, is so far east of the city that it sees little traffic. The state recently raised the speed limit there to 85 mph in hopes of boosting its use.
Wikipedia

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 11:30 pm

Four decades ago, Austin, Texas, had a population of 250,000 and a reputation as a laid-back oasis of liberal politics and live music. Today, the Austin metro area is home to 1.8 million people and has some of the nation's worst traffic congestion.

For years, the city has done little to address the growing problem. But most in the Texas capital now agree something has to change if Austin is to save what's left of its quirky character.

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The Source - October 30, 2013
2:05 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

The Source: Proposed I-35 Changes Bring Tolls | Medical Care Lacking On Eastside

Flickr user Steven Perez (silas216) cc

In the first segment:

The Texas Department of Transportation has proposed expanding Interstate 35 east of San Antonio by constructing 15 miles of elevated lanes that would also be tolls according to a presentation they made Monday night in the city of Schertz.  

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Transportation
4:52 pm
Thu October 17, 2013

TxDOT Hopes To Cash In By Publishing Top Toll Road Violators

Rolypolyman Wikimedia Commons

The Texas Department of Transportation says they hope shaming toll road violators will lead to the collection millions of dollars in unpaid toll violations.

“It’s no secret Texas has a fundraising challenge when it comes to funding transportation,” says TxDOT spokeswoman Veronica Beyer. “The goal is to get [violators] to call us and get on some type of payment plan.  Again there’s 27-million dollars worth of unpaid tolls out there. That’s money that could be used to pay [state] debt, [or] to bond the operation of these toll roads.”

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Bexar County
9:57 am
Mon October 14, 2013

MPO Seeking Additional Public Input For Bexar-Comal-Guadalupe-Kendall Transportation Plan

Chris Eudaily TPR News

The Metropolitan Planning Organization is asking public input from residents in Kendall, Comal, and Guadalupe Counties before regional transportation planning gets underway.

As of the 2010 census, New Braunfels is designated as part of the San Antonio urban metro area, and officials say the law requires that New Braunfels be incorporated into the San Antonio-Bexar County MPO.

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Texas Roads
12:59 pm
Thu October 10, 2013

Possible Solution To TxDOT's South Texas Gravel Road Proposal

Larry D. Moore Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

A special committee in the Texas Senate may have found a solution to the hundreds of miles of roads in South Texas and the Permian Basin that were slated to be converted into gravel.

The Texas Department of Transportation announcement near the end of the summer surprised members of the legislature and as the discussions wore on, the number of miles that were up for conversion grew into the hundreds.

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Economic Stabilization Fund
3:50 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Study Shows Rainy Day Fund Looks Stable Even With Water And Transportation Draw

Chris Eudaily TPR News

In the next two years voters will be deciding two propositions that take a percentage from the oil and gas tax money helping grow the state’s Rainy Day Fund. 

The first of those is up for a vote this November and would take $2 billion out of the fund to help pay for water projects. The second proposition, which will be on the 2014 ballot, will take $1 billion to fund transportation projects. 

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