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Cradles of Dysfunction

Cradles of Dysfunction

Texas drivers are fed up with the dysfunctional predicament of our state’s transportation system. While many local politicians cast blame at the state, it is fitting that their search for whom to blame should begin with a look in the mirror. Taxpayers ought to know...

Austin’s Debt Train to Nowhere

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Austin’s Debt Train to Nowhere

In November, Austin voters will decide on City Proposition 1—a billion dollar transit rail line that will over double the city’s debt and lead to a substantial tax increase for property tax payers. Unlike previous elections on boondoggle projects, greater citizen...

TXDOT’s About-Face

TXDOT’s About-Face

Yesterday’s Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) meeting witnessed a marked departure from usual state transportation policy: actually funding urgently needed improvements to state roads. Although this might be a victory for taxpayers, the commission’s action has...

TXDOT’s $1.4 billion blank check for tolls

TXDOT’s $1.4 billion blank check for tolls

Supporters of Proposition 1 (Prop 1) who oppose new tolled roads are in for a shock: given TXDOT’s fund swapping practices, any funding restrictions in the proposed law are virtually meaningless. Regardless of the fact that Texas is the most-tolled state, there would...

TXDOT’s Race To Waste

TXDOT’s Race To Waste

At the same time Texans are being told there's no more money for road building, the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) of the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) gave final authorization for $97 million of borrowed money going to an expensively...

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...

Alamo City transit showdown

Alamo City transit showdown

The Alamo City is no stranger to pivotal fights in Texas. One such fight unfolding is between the city transit authority’s liberal leadership and taxpayers. Citizens opposed to a planned light-rail system have gathered the necessary petition signatures to place a city...

Austin’s Debt Train to Nowhere

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...