Transportation

Special Session
5:05 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Transportation Funding Passes One Hurdle In Senate

Eileen Pace TPR

Senate Joint Resolution 2, which was authored by Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, would continually transfer $1.8 billion to transportation once the Rainy Day Fund grew to $6 billion.

Some in the Senate, like Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, who has seen a decade of being told "no," say the use of the Rainy Day Fund is finally somewhat defined.

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Special Session
11:25 am
Tue June 18, 2013

With One Week To Go, Special Session Still Debating Abortion, Transportation & Redistricting

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Some House Republicans feel that too much time is being spent debating abortion legislation during the special session and not enough time on roads.

The House first assigned a set of four abortion bills to a select committee on Monday, giving the bills a later start than their Senate companions, but despite that there are some who feel the bills have a fighting chance.

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Special Session
1:43 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Gov. Perry Adds Transportation Bills To Special Session Agenda

TPR News

Hoping to solve some of the state’s glaring problems with transportation, Gov. Rick Perry has opened the special session agenda to transportation-related bills.

This move has been a whispered rumor since the session began, but now lawmakers in the Texas House and Senate will begin debate on over 12 pre-filed transportation bills. 

The big one with the most buzz is a bill co-authored by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, and Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville.

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Transportation
9:28 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Five Things The New VIA Smartphone App Has going For It

Screen shot of the home screen map.
VIA Metropolitan Transit

The new VIA smartphone app, Go VIA VIA, has a real chance at changing the landscape of transportation in San Antonio by making it easier for long-time riders and new riders to navigate the intricate maze of bus routes and schedules. (see note about new riders at bottom of post*)

Go VIA VIA has been out for Apple and Android devices since Monday, and it already has some fans and critics. The bottom line, though, is that it is far better than the old app--which wasn't interactive in any way, shape or form.

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Texas
9:49 am
Fri May 31, 2013

How SH 130's Credit Downgrade Could Actually Help Austin Drivers

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Originally published on Thu May 30, 2013 2:23 pm

The 85 mile-per-hour toll road that connects Austin with San Antonio is getting less traffic than planners hoped for.

In turn, Moody’s Investor Service lowered the credit rating of Cintra, the company that operates SH 130 toll road, by four grades. Moody’s says unless traffic increases significantly, the credit rating will continue to fall.

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Special Session
9:04 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Senate Duo Says They Have Answer To Solve Transportation Funding Crisis

Eileen Pace TPR

Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, said his plan uses a portion of the Rainy Day Fund without actually taking money out of the Rainy Day Fund.

"What it does is once you pass a certain threshold and as the fund approaches filling, which it got pretty close, then it would splinter part of that off for constitutionally dedicating some of that revenue stream to transportation," Nichols said.

Nichols says this will allow the Rainy Day Fund to continue to grow, but not as quickly. Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, helped solidify the financing portion of the plan.

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Federal Government
4:20 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Cuellar Says Fixing Roads A Priority In Washington

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Today Congressman Henry Cuellar appeared at a Greater San Antonio Chamber luncheon to brief regional business leaders on his priorities for the district.

One of those priorities is repair of the roads and bridges in rural counties where hydraulic fracking has become a way of life.

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Texas Legislature
10:14 am
Fri May 24, 2013

In Legislative Homestretch, Transportation & Education Funding Still Uncertain

Eileen Pace TPR

Tensions between the House and Senate over education funding have hit an all-time high this session, and that along with an added provision related to fees charged to overweight 18 wheelers worries Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, because of the transportation dollars tied to those same spending bills.

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Texas Legislature
5:15 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Lawmaker Finds Last-Minute State Funding Mechanism For Roads

Activity in the Eagle Ford Shale could help convince lawmakers to find a solid solution for state transportation needs.
UTSA

At this point in the legislative calendar many bills are facing a looming demise, but Rep. Drew Darby, R-San Angelo, said he has found another way to get money for transportation needs.

"One of the obvious ways is to take some money in the budget and devote it to our energy related zones that have borne the burden of most of the oil and gas production. They are just simply deteriorating and they’re not safe anymore," Darby said.

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Texas Legislature
1:32 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Lawmaker Seeking Alternative Path For Immigrant Driver Permit Bill

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At this late stage in the legislative session, most bills that haven't made it out of at least one chamber are left to the wind, but there is still a chance for a bill with bipartisan support that proposes to provide immigrants without legal documentation a driver’s permit.

Rep. Roberto Alonzo, D-Dallas, is carrying the bill, which was authored by Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands.

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