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Tone-deaf TxDOT

Tone-deaf TxDOT

The Texas Department of Transportation is suffering from a lack of hearing—public hearings that is. As of this writing, the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) has approved approximately $272 million dollars in transit projects that will be funded without holding a...

TXDOT’s Urban Rail Ruse

TXDOT’s Urban Rail Ruse

With transportation taking center stage as the crisis du jour for the state, the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) is seeking to maximize its legislative payout by feigning poverty. Yet somehow, despite not having enough cash to build roads, TXDOT does have...

Bicycling to Nowhere

If there’s anyone who still questions whether the City of Austin prioritizes bicycles over cars, look no further than the amount of taxpayer money going into bike-shelters at MetroRail stations in Austin. The first of such facilities opened today at the Kramer Lane...

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Poetic Waste

Having seemingly tried all other options to increase ridership on buses, Cap Metro is trying a new approach to make public transportation more pleasant: poetry. Alas, this new program won’t be free. The last verse leaves taxpayers footing the bill. Apparently having...

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Tax Dollars Going Up In Smoke

Cap Metro is ready to spend federal stimulus money to expand the nanny-state governance encompassing the City of Austin. They now want to institute a smoking ban at all bus stops. The cost? $254,000. But that’s not the best part. Spending $254,000 of federal stimulus...