April 23, 2020

The Unified Transportation Program (UTP) guides transportation project planning for the state of Texas. Central to the plan is transportation project financing, which has been an urgent concern for the state lawmakers for several years. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) Legislative Appropriations Request for the 2014-2015 biennium noted th...

February 22, 2019

Introduction

Texas law requires vehicles registered in the state to pass an annual safety inspection. That is in addition to federally mandated emissions tests in 17 state counties in order to comply with the Clean Air Act. Safety inspections are well-known to Texans. They cover tires, brakes, mirrors, lights, and warning devices. An automobile that pas...

Published in the Star-Telegram on February 14, 2018

Texas is one of only two states to have two cities listed among the 10 most congested in the country. Dallas is the fifth-most-congested city in the nation, while Houston is eighth. Additionally, the stretch of Interstate 35 that runs through Austin is consistently ranked among the most congested highw...

February 6, 2018

Introduction

Once an unattainable fantasy in science fiction, self-driving cars, or automated driving systems (ADSs), present the rapidly approaching reality of a revolution in transportation. An ADS is an automobile capable of guiding itself without human conduction in specific parameters known as Operational Design Domain.A plethora of benefits from...

February 6, 2018

Background: Increased Funding for Transportation
 

Transportation financing has been an urgent concern for state lawmakers for at least the last three legislative sessions. The All-Funds budget for the Texas Department of Transportation for 2012-2013 was nearly $20 billion, with about half going to planning, right-of-way acquisition and construction. Th...

February 20, 2017

Background: Increased Funding for Transportation

Transportation financing has been an urgent concern for state lawmakers for at least the last three legislative sessions. The All-Funds budget for the Texas Department of Transportation for 2012-2013 was nearly $20 billion, with about half going to planning, right-of-way acquisition and construction. Th...

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