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Friday, April 12th, 2013

Perry backs dedicated car sales tax for highway funds

Gov. Rick Perry on Friday came out in support of dedicating a portion of future sales tax revenue from car sales to the state’s highway fund, while also leaving the door open to spending more of the Rainy Day Fund on infrastructure projects that he had proposed three months ago.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Roadblocks emerge for for Texas transportation funding

The Texas Department of Transportation has been warning lawmakers for months that it needs $4 billion a year in extra revenue just to keep the current level of traffic around the state from getting worse.

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Kyle frontage roads going one-way

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) said the work necessary to turn the northbound IH-35 frontage road through Kyle to one-way was to begin Tuesday. The southbound access road conversion was scheduled to begin Thursday at 8...

Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Video: Are Texans having ‘toll road fatigue’?

At Thursday's TribLive conversation, State Sen. Robert Nichols and Rep. Larry Phillips talked about whether Texans are having “toll road fatigue” and the impact that toll roads are having on traffic congestion.

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Senate scrutinizing Texas 130 speed limit

Concerns about speed limits on frontage roads and the Texas Department of Transportation’s use of toll lanes to expand the state’s network of highways came up for debate in a Senate committee Wednesday.

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Aquarena Springs overpass moving forward

The city of San Marcos Engineering Department and the Texas Department of Transportation will host an open house on Thursday, March 21 to discuss plans and take public comment on construction of an overpass on Aquarena Springs...

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Consultants forecast $60 million in FM 110 tax revenue [PRO]

New and existing development along FM 110 could generate as much as $60.7 million in county property tax revenue over the next quarter century, consultants told the Hays County Commissioners Court this morning.

Friday, March 8th, 2013

Texas lawmaker files bill to regulate self-driving cars

Two weeks after Google showcased its self-driving car to local officials in Austin, a Texas lawmaker has filed a bill attempting to regulate the use of the futuristic technology.

Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

Republican senator proposes tax hike for transportation

Bucking his party and the state’s leadership, state Sen. Kevin Eltife, R-Tyler, filed a bill Wednesday proposing a constitutional amendment to temporarily raise the state sales tax to pay off billions of dollars in bond debt accrued...

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Google’s self-driving car miles ahead of Texas laws

Amid considerable fanfare, Google showcased a prototype of its self-driving car this week in Austin.

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