Transportation

Texas Legislature
4:38 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

$6 Billion Of Rainy Day Fund Marked For Water And Roads - Education Left Off

Ryan Poppe TPR News

Texas Senate Committee on Finance gave their approval for tapping into the state’s so-called Rainy Day Fund to pay for future water and transportation needs.

Sen. Tommy Williams, R-The Woodlands, authored the bill that doesn’t include any of the money going to education.

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Transportation
11:04 am
Tue April 2, 2013

TxDOT Looking At High Speed Rail For South Texas To Oklahoma City

High speed rail is one option being evaluated for a Texas-to-Oklahoma line.
Flickr user amanderson2

A Texas Department of Transportation study shows that portions of IH-35 in Bexar County rank 35th out of 100 roads in the state that are the most congested. A portion of IH-35 in Dallas ranks 9th most congested.

Combine that type of congestion with the number of people steadily moving to Texas, and a real transportation nightmare could be in store.

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Electric Vehicles
1:26 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Council Considers Return Of Neighborhood Electric Vehicles

Neighborhood electric vehicles like this one, could start to be a common site in parts of San Antonio if the ban is lifted.
Flickr user miheco cc

Neighborhood electric vehicles (NEV's), haven't been allowed on San Antonio side streets since 2006, but they could be making a comeback.

Several serious accidents - often times involving young drivers - prompted a ban of such vehicles, sometimes called low speed vehicles, by the San Antonio City Council. That was seven years ago, but new state laws require them to be licensed and registered and an amendment to the Transportation Code allows the vehicles to travel on roads with a posted speed of 45 miles per hour or less.

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VIA Modern Streetcar
4:31 pm
Mon March 25, 2013

VIA Streetcar Meeting On Holy Thursday Could Affect Attendance

VIA Metropolitan Transit

VIA’s modern streetcar project will receive another public input meeting, this time concerning alternate routes.

But the flyer doesn’t make clear that routes are the alternatives that will be discussed.

The digital flyer sent by VIA says, "Modern Streetcar: Come hear and provide comments on detailed alternatives and their characteristics."

George Rodriguez, president for South Texas Alliance for Progress, a conservative group, said VIA appears to be involved in a game of wordplay.

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Texas Transportation
2:16 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Google's Driverless Car Stops At TxDOT Conference, Watch It In Action

Wells Dunbar, KUT News

Originally published on Tue February 19, 2013 1:52 pm

A Texas Department of Transportation conference wouldn’t normally attract much attention. But invite a robot car to your meeting, and everything changes.

Google and its self-driving car were on hand at the Texas Transportation Forum today. The car – which relies on technology like radar and cameras to pilot itself – was the star of a panel on transportation and technology this morning.

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Commuting
11:37 am
Wed February 6, 2013

San Antonio Commuters Spend 38 Additional Hours On The Road Per Year

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute's annual Urban Mobility Report draws attention to poor city infrastructure
Texas A&M Transportation Institute

The Texas Transportation Institute released its annual mobility report detailing just how much time people spend on the road during commute times.

San Antonio ranks at number 30 with about 38 additional hours spent in extra travel time per year. Considering that San Antonio is the seventh largest city in the United States, that's not too bad.

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Community Safety
1:47 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Why Do People Drive Distracted When They Know It's Dangerous?

TTI is responsible for one of the nation’s most extensive texting-while-driving studies – one that demonstrated how texting behind the wheel doubles a driver’s reaction time.
Texas A&M Transportation Institute

USAA has teamed up with Texas A&M to find out why people take their eyes off the road when they don’t have to.

The cooperative survey is an attitudinal study designed to learn what behaviors distract drivers, and why they continue to engage in distracted driving even when they know it’s dangerous.

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Transportation
10:49 am
Sat January 12, 2013

City Council Removes Private Funding From Streetcar Project

This poster was displayed at the streetcar public meeting in November where residents and business owners gave input on the project.
Eileen Pace Texas Public Radio

The controversial San Antonio streetcar project is moving ahead without help from the private sector. On Thursday city council voted to remove money from property owners that would have amounted to about $15 million.

Even though there is tens of millions of dollars coming from the county, $40 million from the city, and newfound money from VIA, Dist. 10 Councilman Carlton Soules said he believes that if people want streetcars, they should be allowed to help fund it.

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Transportation
9:49 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Eastbound & Westbound 1604 Connectors Now Open To 281 South

The northbound 281 to 1604 East and West connectors were opened in Nov.
Joey Palacios Texas Public Radio

On Friday, motorists in the Loop 1604 and Hwy. 281 corridors received an early Christmas gift in the form highway connectors. The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority has opened the last two connectors for the first phase of the project; westbound and eastbound 1604 onto 281 south both opened to traffic at noon.

Michelle Martinez with the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority said the contractors were able to complete the connectors a little ahead of schedule.

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Transportation
1:26 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Vía Board Votes To Raise Regular Bus Fares

New services like Vía Prímo are part of the reason that the board voted to increase fares.
Ryan Loyd Texas Public Radio

The Vía Metropolitan Transit Board voted to increase regular fares on Tuesday night, but it doesn’t mean customers will immediately see increased costs.

A local governmental approval committee consisting of Bexar County Commissioners, members of the San Antonio City Council and members of the suburban council of mayors will still need to give the green light before fares go into effect on Feb. 1.

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