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Transportation

Ryan E. Poppe

Members of a Texas House committee receive emotional testimony with regard to proposed legislation that would impose a statewide ban on texting while driving. Support for the measure at the State Capitol continues to build and even the governor indicated he could support a ban.

In 2011, Rick Perry, then the governor, vetoed a bill to ban texting while driving.

Instead of fighting like cats and dogs, Congress appears to be coming together for a change, and maybe it's because of our feline and canine friends.

In a rare bipartisan vote, the House Wednesday approved an Amtrak funding bill that will keep the trains running for another four years, and allow some pets to ride along on the intercity passenger rail service.

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Adding toll lanes to a portion of Loop 1604 across the North side is being considered to help ease congestion. You can take a look at an Environmental Assessment study during an open house Wednesday evening.

The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority, in partnership with the Texas Department of Transportation, is hosting the open house to share information and request community input on potential changes to Loop 1604, including adding toll lanes between Bandera Road and I-35.

While parts of the nation saw serious failures in public transit in the last few weeks, Houston was busy approving a new transit project that would overhaul the entire METRO bus network without increasing operating costs.

The plan seeks to broaden the system, allowing riders to get to most areas of the city without relying on infrequent buses. But that comes with a trade-off: by cutting low-rider routes, some may be left without public transportation.

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 A San Antonio councilman says that the city is in talks with app-based transportation services, Uber and Lyft,in the hope of keeping them in the city. The March 1 date by which both ‘ridesharing’ companies would have to comply with new regulations is fast approaching. But as things stand, both companies have threatened to hit the road and pull out of the Alamo City. It’s a complex story.

Ryan E. Poppe

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott will outline his expectations for the legislative session Tuesday, when he delivers his first State of the State address.

The State of the State gives Abbott the opportunity to let lawmakers know what he expects from them this session. After all, the stroke of a governor’s veto pen can spell the end of bills passed by the legislature.

In advance of the speech, Abbott’s office released an online video that included Texans talking about what they wanted to hear from their elected lawmakers.  

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The wagons are circling to convince the San Antonio city council to work with ride-share companies like Lyft and Uber.   

Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff met with the mayor this week and sent her a follow-up letter supporting a compromise in the ordinance scheduled to go into effect March 1.   

Moving from crisis to crisis — for too long that's been America's strategy for dealing with the challenges of an aging transit infrastructure, from roads to bridges to ports. The result is a system that's crumbling and in desperate need of attention, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The massive study both looks at the current state of the country's transportation systems and forecasts the challenges that lie ahead.

The San Antonio area is getting $147 million of the transportation money Texas voters approved when they passed Proposition 1 last November.  Statewide about $1.7 billion is being distributed this fiscal year.

The popular ride-hailing service Uber is valued at a staggering $40 billion — even though it's besieged by lawsuits, bad PR and outright bans in some cities.

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