Transportation

Bexar County
9:49 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Bexar County Taking TxDOT "Turnback" Deal

Traffic on the northbound lanes of Hwy. 281 regularly bottlenecks at Bitters Road..
Chris Eudaily TPR News

Bexar County is working on an agreement with the Texas Department of Transportation that would improve the overall network of roads and highways in the county.

The county is negotiating for a workable tradeoff after the state asked local governments to take over maintenance of the roads, many of which have surpassed their original purpose of connecting Texas communities and are now considered urban thoroughfares. 

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The Source - October 2, 2013
12:55 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

The Source: Fighting Your Home Owner's Association | Big Changes At The MPO

Flickr user Garrett Wilcock cc

In the first segment:

It seems these days everyone has a story about their Home Owners Association (HOA), a hair-pulling, eye-rolling, exasperated story. According to the Community Association Institute, an HOA/Community Association advocacy group, more than 63 million Americans live in communities managed by HOAs, which includes 3.4 million Texans. 

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Community
10:16 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Is This The End Of The Driving Boom In Texas?

The TPIRG study shows programs like San Antonio's B-Cycle are having an impact on total driving miles in Texas.
Eileen Pace TPR News

A new report shows new technologies are helping people reduce the number of miles they drive, which may be a hard sell to those who have to sit in traffic on IH-35 or Hwy. 281 every day.

The largest decrease in driving miles was found to be among Millennials -- the new driving generation that will dominate driving trends in the future.

Sara Smith, program director for the Texas Public Interest Research Group, said they compiled statistics from the Federal Highway Administration and found a reduction in miles traveled over the last decade.

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Bexar County
11:06 am
Fri September 20, 2013

MPO Starts Regional Planning Meetings For Boerne, New Braunfels And Seguin

The Hwy. 281-1604 interchange project is one example of MPO projects. The MPO is looking at expanding its reach to include the metro areas where intensive growth has increased population density adjacent to Bexar County.
Joey Palacios TPR News

The San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization is beginning a regional transportation plan to include Boerne, New Braunfels and Seguin for the next 25 years of growth.

In that time, the metro population is expected to grow by 1.5 million, fueling the need for an integrated transportation outlook.

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Transportation Costs
4:26 pm
Wed September 18, 2013

TxDOT Wants Bigger Texas Cities To Take Control Of Roads

Blanco Road, seen here under construction, is one of the roads TxDOT is offering San Antonio in a "turnback" program. The state would give local control of the road, but the city would be responsible for future maintenance.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

Many of the roads that take you to work, school, the grocery store and home are owned and maintained by the state, but the Texas Department of Transportation wants to transfer control of those roads to cities with more than 50,000 people.

Generally speaking, cities don't want that burden.

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Transportation
12:08 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

Fredericksburg/Medical Drive Project Finally Ready To Break Ground

Design for the Fredericksburg Road/Medical Drive interchange.
TxDOT

The Texas Department of Transportation project near the Medical Center that was put on hold for over a year will begin turning dirt this month. The grade separation project for Fredericksburg Road is moving forward without its previous bankrupt contractor.

The $14 million project to turn Medical drive into an underpass below Frederickburg road was supposed to start in late 2011, but needed some utility readjustment.  

TxDOT spokesman Josh Donat said the all clear wasn’t given until August 2012, but by then, Ballenger, the contractor, was running into problems.

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The Source - September 11, 2013
12:56 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

The Source: Treasury's War | Preferred Route Selected For Streetcars

VIA Metropolitan Transit

In the first segment:

The war on terror was launched 12 years ago and since has transformed many bodies of government, creating whole new agencies and expecting the cooperation of bureaucracies, foreign governments and non-state entities.

"As I told the American people we will direct every resource at our command to win the war against terrorists: every means of diplomacy, every tool of intelligence, every instrument of law enforcement, every financial influence..."    - President George W. Bush - September 24th, 2001

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Transportation
12:42 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

VIA Narrows Proposed Streetcar Project Route To One

VIA's option 6 is the recommended route for the streetcar project. Click image to enlarge for a better view of adjustments that could be made to the route, shown in red and green.
VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA staff members and consultants have chosen alternative 6 as the recommended route to move forward with in the modern streetcar project.

The plan would route the streetcar along Broadway to Martin and Pecan Streets to service the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, UTSA's downtown campus, the Westside Multimodal Center, El Mercado, South Town, and many other highly desired areas in the downtown area.

But tweaks may be added to the plan.

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Transportation
1:03 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Clock Ticking For Options In South Texas Gravel Road Conversion Plan

At least 83 miles of roads in South Texas could be converted to gravel in a TxDOT proposal.
Larry D. Moore Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA 3.0

Stakeholders met with oil company officials to discuss a solution to the South Texas gravel road conversion proposed by the Texas Department of Transportation.

Both sides aired out their frustrations against TxDOT’s plan to quickly convert the crumbling roads in South Texas to gravel or have counties take over the maintenance for these state roads.

Marathon Oil’s Hugo Gutierrez said his company is willing to shoulder some of the transportation cost, but that becomes complicated:

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Transportation
1:10 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Lawmakers Not Happy With TxDOT's Gravel Road Conversion Plan

Roads in counties located in the Eagle Ford Shale area are getting heavy traffic from the oil and gas boom.
South Texas Environmental Education and Research

The Texas Transportation Commission got an update and harsh words from lawmakers regarding the 83 miles of roadway in South Texas that they are considering converting into gravel.

Texas Department of Transportation Chief Engineer John Barton told the commission that the roads in South Texas where hydraulic fracking is taking place are breaking down faster than anything they’ve ever seen.

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