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A natural gas drilling boom in the Eagle Ford Shale area in South Texas is straining the area's rural roads as more than 1,000 loaded trucks are needed to bring a single well into production.
A natural gas drilling boom in the Eagle Ford Shale area in South Texas is straining the area's rural roads as more than 1,000 loaded trucks are needed to bring a single well into production.

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

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.

Japan Central's N700 high speed train, the same train that a private firm wants to bring to Texas.
Japan Central's N700 high speed train, the same train that a private firm wants to bring to Texas.

Report: Texas bullet train, Dallas-area rail line among Trump's transportation priorities

Japan Central's N700 high speed train, the same train that a private firm wants to bring to Texas.
Japan Central's N700 high speed train, the same train that a private firm wants to bring to Texas.

A privately funded bullet train between Dallas and Houston and a passenger rail line in North Texas are among a litany of transportation projects considered priorities by President Donald Trump’s transition team, according to The Kansas City Star.

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In West Texas, abandoned well sinks land, sucks tax dollars

The land is sinking three-fourths of an inch every month around this abandoned well outside of Imperial in Pecos County, and huge cracks have opened in the area. The Texas Department of Transportation paid most of the $315,000 bill to plug the well in 2009 and has spent at least $1 million fixing a nearby farm-to-market road.
The land is sinking three-fourths of an inch every month around this abandoned well outside of Imperial in Pecos County, and huge cracks have opened in the area. The Texas Department of Transportation paid most of the $315,000 bill to plug the well in 2009 and has spent at least $1 million fixing a nearby farm-to-market road.

Land around a West Texas roadway used to be flat. Now, it’s fissured, sinking and has cost taxpayers more than a million dollars — all because of a water well that was left unplugged. 

 

Biggest transportation battles of 2016 to continue in the new year

Road crews are prolific in the Midland region following the recent oil boom, when heavy truck traffic obliterated highways.
Road crews are prolific in the Midland region following the recent oil boom, when heavy truck traffic obliterated highways.

After Uber left Austin, state lawmakers are now poised to take up regulations of ride-hailing companies. They may also look at a high-speed rail developer's ability to use eminent domain for a Dallas-Houston bullet train.

A&M Researchers Unveil Freight Delivery Without Trucks

Texas A&M University unveils  Autonomous Freight Shuttle System on September 9, 2016.
Texas A&M University unveils Autonomous Freight Shuttle System on September 9, 2016.

Back in 1998, the federal government asked the Texas A&M Transportation Institute to find a way of moving freight without trucks on highways. Eighteen years later, the researchers debuted their prototype on Friday.

Rural Texas County Tries to Derail High-Speed Train

The JR Central N700 Series, a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train developed by two railway companies in Japan.
The JR Central N700 Series, a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train developed by two railway companies in Japan.

In a rebuke of a private firm’s plans to build a bullet train between Houston and Dallas, local officials in rural southeastern Texas moved Tuesday to restrict high-speed rail development in their corner part of the state.

 

Lawmaker Asks Ken Paxton to Weigh In on Car Registration Debate

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Inspection stickers will begin disappearing from Texas vehicles when the state rolls out a new single-sticker program for inspection and registration on March 1, 2015.
Inspection stickers will begin disappearing from Texas vehicles when the state rolls out a new single-sticker program for inspection and registration on March 1, 2015.

Amid a turf battle between the state's Department of Motor Vehicles and some Texas counties over who should handle vehicle registration renewals, a state lawmaker has asked Attorney General Ken Paxton to weigh in.

Bullet Train Critics Hope to Stop Project in its Tracks Next Year

The Japanese Shinkansen is a high-speed trail used by JR Central in Japan. A private company is planning to build a rail line between Dallas and Houston using the same trains.
The Japanese Shinkansen is a high-speed trail used by JR Central in Japan. A private company is planning to build a rail line between Dallas and Houston using the same trains.

Texas lawmakers could put up major road blocks next year for a private firm's plans to build a high-speed rail project now that a federal transportation board has decided the project falls under state jurisdiction.

 

Rural Landowners May Sue TxDOT Over Toll Road Plan

Axis deer wander on Bill Voss' 216-acre property in Grimes County. Voss added whitetail deer, zebra, peacocks and other animals to the property after purchasing it in 2015.
Axis deer wander on Bill Voss' 216-acre property in Grimes County. Voss added whitetail deer, zebra, peacocks and other animals to the property after purchasing it in 2015.

Bill Voss said he is prepared to sue the Texas Department of Transportation over the agency's handling of proposed routes for a toll road that would cut across his land in Grimes County. Several frustrated neighbors may join him.

Houston schools measure lags, Austin transit bond leads

As the doors open at 7 a.m. on Election Day 2016, people stream into the George Washington Carver Library in Austin, Texas to cast their vote.
As the doors open at 7 a.m. on Election Day 2016, people stream into the George Washington Carver Library in Austin, Texas to cast their vote.

Harris County elected a Democratic district attorney, Houston ISD voters thumbed their noses at the Texas school finance system and Austin voters backed a $720 million transportation bond.

Dallas' Love Field hides its presidential history

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The bronze marker on a taxiway at Love Field, inaccessible to the public, which forever marks the spot where LBJ took the oath of office on November 22, 1963.
The bronze marker on a taxiway at Love Field, inaccessible to the public, which forever marks the spot where LBJ took the oath of office on November 22, 1963.

Plans to create an exhibit at the airport to commemorate where Lyndon Baines Johnson was sworn in as president after John F. Kennedy's assassination have faced numerous mysterious hurdles.