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Company Wants To Build A Totally Private Toll Road In North Texas

Jun 13, 2014
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In an area northeast of Dallas, a company hopes to build a road unlike any other in Texas. The Texas Turnpike Corporation has proposed a toll road connecting Greenville and Wylie.

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The North Texas Tollway Authority did it in our part of the state.  Now the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) has published a list of drivers who have repeatedly driven on the state’s toll roads without paying.

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State. Rep. Jason Villalba, a Dallas Republican, has identified a key change he says is needed before the Texas House will pass new transportation funding.

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As state lawmakers meet in a third special session to consider new road funding North Texas planners are staring at some sobering facts. 

The population of the DFW region is expected to grow almost 50% in the next two decades.  But planners say the new money would only pay for one fifth of what’s needed to eliminate the gridlock.

It’s why they’re encouraging drivers to park their cars and change their lifestyles.

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Update, 7 a.m. Wednesday: Gov. Rick Perry didn't take long. An hour after the Legislature ended its second special session without a transportation deal, the governor called a third 30-day session. Both houses quickly started the session and then adjourned until Monday.

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UPDATE

It appears state lawmakers will not pass new transportation funding in the special session that ends tomorrow, though long-time observers say there are procedural moves that leave a small window of opportunity.

This afternoon the Texas House could not muster the 100 votes needed to  send HJR 2  to voters next year.  Just 84 representatives voted in favor of the bill but because it would amend the constitution the support of two-thirds of House members was necessary.  

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With only two weeks left, Gov. Rick Perry has added funding for transportation to the special session which until now has been devoted solely to redistricting.

A proposed bullet train between North Texas and Houston is still years away from becoming reality, but Dallas and Fort Worth are already sizing up station locations. The idea is to build three: one each in Dallas and Fort Worth and another somewhere in between. But both ends of the Metroplex want to go first.

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Starting Monday, June 3, North Texas commuters can make a deal for a free week on buses and trains: swap a gasoline receipt for a regional transit pass. 

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The two-year state budget deal that appears to be coming together in Austin would restore $3.93 billion of the $5.4 billion in public education money cut last session. 

It would also take $2 billion in Rainy Day savings money to create a loan fund to build water projects. 

It’s unclear whether another proposed loan fund of up to $2.7 billion to build new roads will be part of the new budget.  

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Update, 2:55 p.m.: Sgt. Lonny Haschel, a spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety, said 44 people were taken to area hospitals after this morning's charter bus crash that left two dead. The names of the passengers who died and the driver, who was among the injured, have not been released.

Investigators are still at the scene and mapping out the area where the crash occurred. Sgt. Haschel said it's too early to say what caused the accident. "It's going to be a long process," he said. 

DFW Could Experience Growing Pains

Mar 14, 2013
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Just about every four minutes there’s someone new coming to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. That’s according to a new analysis of Census Bureau Data which shows DFW is the fastest-growing metropolitan area in the Nation. The new numbers are a cause for celebration; they’re also a call for preparation.

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The new managed toll lanes that are part of highway improvements in North Texas now have a name. Those are the new toll lanes that charge different rates at different times. And existing HOV lanes also have some changes ahead.  

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The Dallas City Council is ready to spell out the rules of the road for the city’s new bike lanes. One of the shared lanes is on Main Street downtown. 

School buses delivering students to the first day of classes in the city of Dallas are equipped with an extra safety feature. They now have cameras that will catch and ticket cars that run the “stop arm” and drive past the bus unloading students.

Starting Friday, DART, the T and the Denton County Transportation Authority will offer a free week’s pass in exchange for a gasoline receipt.

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In two weeks the Dallas Area Rapid Transit System will for the first time provide service for Mesquite. 

Mesquite is not part of DART, but the city has agreed to pay the transit agency $303,000 a year in exchange for Mesquite riders having access toDART’s buses and trains.

For seven dollars a day riders will be able to take an express bus from Mesquite’s Hanby Stadium to DART’s green line at the Lawnview station. 

From there Mesquite passengers can use the entire DART system.

City of Fort Worth

 

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price had a lot of positive things to say during her “State of the City” address.  But she’s also calling Fort Worth citizens to action.

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