In a Texas federal courtroom, families of those killed in Boeing 737 MAX crashes finally have their voices heard
The airplane manufacturer was accused of fraud for misleading federal regulators about the safety of its jets, but stayed out of court by making a deal with prosecutors. Victims’ families say they were cut out of the process.
Texans are dying on state highways every day — especially in rural “dead zones”
Fatal crashes in rural areas accounted for 51% of Texas’ 4,489 traffic fatalities in 2021, even though only about 10% of the state’s population lives in a rural area, according to data from the state’s department of transportation.
After a decade of hype, Dallas-Houston bullet train developer faces a leadership exodus as land acquisition slows
Texas Central has made little visible progress financing the high-speed rail project and acquiring property for the route in recent years. The company maintains that the bullet train is still being developed but declined to provide details about the path forward.
A “cloned” 18-wheeler made it easy for smugglers to pass through the border, say state officials vowing to crack down
A federal agency estimates that about 75 trucks are reported nationally each year with copied or stolen state and federal ID numbers, which industry experts say is likely a significant undercount.
UPDATE: Austin airport, Capital Metro respond to federal ruling overturning mask mandate for public transportation
The Austin-Bergstrom International Airport and Capital Metro are both assessing how an April 18 decision by a federal judge to strike down the mask mandate for public transportation will affect their operations.communityimpact.com
International trade halted at Texas border crossings as truckers protest Greg Abbott’s new inspections
Commercial traffic at the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge stopped Monday and a similar protest affected traffic into and out of El Paso. The blockades could impact the flow of produce to restaurants and grocery stores.
VIA prepares for first ART line, but lacks funding for a second corridor
Advanced Rapid Transit (ART) is essentially large buses, typically running in designated lanes. With a new bus arriving every 10 to 15 minutes, and riders paying before they get on, VIA officials say it offers the benefits of a rail line at a lower cost.
Elon Musk’s airport tunnels project gets Alamo Regional Mobility Authority approval for next steps
The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority announced Wednesday that its board of directors have chosen Elon Musk’s The Boring Company to move forward on collaborations for a high capacity transportation project connecting the airport with downtown San Antonio.
‘We need public outrage about this’: San Antonio cyclists unhappy with vote that eliminated bike lanes on Broadway
The cycling community in San Antonio is outraged by the Texas Transportation Commission’s decision to nix San Antonio plans that would have added protected bike lanes to Broadway Avenue.
State throws spike strip in front of City of San Antonio’s plans to reduce lanes on lower Broadway
The members of the Texas Transportation Commission, which oversees TxDOT, voted Thursday to stop a long-planned hand-off of a 2.2 mile section of State Loop 368 between Burr Road and I-35, which overlaps with Broadway Avenue.
Daywatch: CPS denies COVID-19 accommodations, weed sales top $1B and ex-Cubs player lists home near Wrigley Field
Limited transportation has long been a hurdle to employment, hindering growth at some companies and preventing people who need work from accessing available jobs. As the rise of e-commerce spurs job growth in industrial areas that are often not close to public transportation, employers hope addressing transit needs attracts a wider pool of candidates and helps workers arrive on time.chicagotribune.com
VIA extends free rides on buses through May 31
SAN ANTONIO San Antonios transit system will extend its free rides until May 31 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Fares for VIA bus, VIAtrans and VIA Link service have been suspended since March 21 in order to reduce crowding. Fare collection will begin again on June 1, according to a news release. The health and safety measures instituted by VIA amid the pandemic will remain in place: