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Entries in State Transportation (7)

Monday
Feb272017

Mayor, TxDot Discuss Freight Mobility and Transportation

Everything Lubbock

February 27, 2017

Mayor, Dan PopeLUBBOCK TX - The Texas Department of Transportation is looking for ways to expand freight and transportation opportunities. TxDot met with Mayor Dan Pope and key stakeholders Thursday.

"Business and investment often follows interstates, businesses need to be able to move their product and we need to connect I-27 to I-20," Pope said.

According to Pope, today was a step in the right direction.

"TxDot's here to get our input on freight planning, and that's important to our community."

TxDot Director of Freight and International Trade Caroline Mays believes the Fast Act will provide funding needed to expand economic opportunity in Texas.

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Wednesday
Feb152017

Texas transportation funds will be protected, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick says

Star-Telegram

February 15, 2017

Texas’ new pot of transportation funds will be protected, even though the state faces a funding shortage in many other areas, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick recently told a large gathering.

“Last session we put billions into transportation and locked it away,” Patrick told about 1,000 people during a gathering known as the Texas Transportation Forum last week in Austin.

The comments are especially interesting today, after a Texas Tribune story reports that lawmakers are now looking at dipping into the transportation funding to help with other needs.

Patrick acknowledged to the crowd that there are provisions to use some of the transportation funds — estimated to be an extra $38 billion over 10 years — for other needs, if absolutely necessary. But he also said he didn’t expect to take such steps.
Wednesday
Feb152017

With money tight, Texas budget writers eyeing billions approved by voters for roads

The Texas Tribune

February 15, 2017

More than a year after Texas voters approved routing billions in state sales taxes to roads and bridges, some lawmakers are questioning whether the first payment of $5 billion should move forward as planned.

Texans voted in 2015 to boost funding for state’s public roadways and bridges, which have strained under the state’s growing population. Proposition 7 — loudly cheered by top Texas leaders and supported by 83 percent of voters — changed the constitution to route some taxes collected on car sales to the State Highway Fund.

But in an unusually tightfisted legislative session, some Texas lawmakers are raising the prospect of reducing that initial cash infusion to the State Highway Fund scheduled for this year to free up money for other state programs.

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Friday
Oct112013

TxDOT Will Use Extra $250 Million to Pave, Rather Than Gravel, Eagle Ford Roads

"Thanks to State Senator Williams and Lieutenant Governor Dewhurst, a rider will be issued for an additional $250 to deal with some 40 high priority projects in the energy zone," Uresti told 1200 WOAI news.

Click here for complete article > WOAI News

October 8, 2013

The Texas Department of Transportation has backed away from a very controversial plan to convert some 83 miles of roads in the Eagle Ford oil fields from paved roads to gravel, 1200 WOAI news reports.

State Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) says the state has managed to squeeze another $250 million out of the budget to resurface the battered oilfield roads in blacktop, rather than gravel…

Monday
Sep232013

Austin: TxDOT plan will save up to $2 billion

In 2012, I challenged the department to come up with $2 billion in savings over the next few years. Here are a few ways we’re doing that.

Click here for complete article > Amarillo Globe

September 21, 2013

For more than 96 years, the Texas Department of Transportation has been providing the state with the finest transportation infrastructure in the country. It has not always been easy.

In that time, the population has exploded from about 4 million residents to more than 26 million people. When TxDOT started, our main focus was to get the farmer out of the mud. Today, Texas manufacturers are shipping computers and auto parts, wind turbines and petrochemicals, medical equipment and electronics on our roads from north Texas to south, and points beyond our borders. TxDOT is now more than just highways, however — its multimodal responsibilities include rail, ports and aviation, to name a few…

Monday
Sep092013

Gravel Roads? Funding Cuts? Texas Transportation Proposals Create Confusion, Alarm

"I think TxDOT is under a lot of pressure. They’re underfunded right now and I’m sympathetic to that," said Bennett Sandlin, executive director of the Texas Municipal League, which raised alarm over the proposal. "There may be some cities that want to do that voluntarily, but we want to avoid the idea that the state would force these roads on unwilling cities and I think that’s the direction we’re headed."


Click here for complete article > KUT Radio

September 9, 2013

Last week people packed into a room in downtown Austin. The Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees the Texas Department of Transportation, was having it’s monthly meeting. There it got some advice from State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso.

"I think it’s time for TxDOT to say we made a mistake," Rep. Pickett said.

And, he added, begin to clarify its cost-savings plans.

"We’re not just going to tear all these roads up unless we have town hall meetings, buy-in from the local governments," he said, referring there to a plan TxDOT had to convert some asphalt roads in south and west Texas to gravel. Those were roads that have been hit hard by overweight trucks working on the oil drilling boom in the regions.

But some local officials have objected – and the plan has been put on hold for 60 days. A separate cost-cutting plan would have shifted the burden of maintaining some state-owned roads onto local governments. They would absorb $165 million a year in road maintenance costs. Participation is supposed to be voluntary, but there’s been no official confirmation that that’s the case.

 

Wednesday
Aug212013

Texas: State puts gravel road plan on hold

Counties must ask the state to reconsider the conversion from paved roads to gravel. Texas transportation officials will review the requests on a case-by-case basis, Uresti said, and will refrain from converting any roads during a 60-day review period.

Click here for complete article > San Antonio Express News

August 21, 2013

A plan to convert some drilling-affected roads in rural areas, particularly the Eagle Ford Shale zone, to gravel is slowing down after lawmakers raised serious concerns.

Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, said Tuesday that Texas Department of Transportation officials had signaled a 60-day delay in some of the planned conversions of 83 miles of paved roads to gravel…