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Austin lege: Good rail bills passed while the bad ones died

June 2nd, 2021
June 1, 2021 - TRA Austin - Another legislative session came to an end Monday night at midnight, resulting in the passage of some worthwhile rail bills while 8 bills designed to kill high-speed rail in Texas were derailed. These bills passed...

Texas transportation budget may fall victim to Covid-19

January 23rd, 2021
January 23, 2021 - TRA Austin - Transportation funding in Texas will take a hit from early reports on the state budget for the next two years. The Texas Senate released its base budget this week and at first blush it...

Legislature did no harm to Texas high-speed rail project this session

May 31st, 2019
May 31, 2019 - TRA Austin - With the Texas House and Senate now adjourned until January 2021, Texas Rail Advocates is happy to report that not a single bad rail bill that your advocacy organization opposed in committee passed during...

Texas Rail Advocates urges legislature to prioritize development of rail between sessions

May 31st, 2019
May 31, 2019 - TRA Newswire - An Interim Charge would allow for the exploration of rail options Move would ensure that Texas Department of Transportation would be ready to apply for federal cost-share funding and to pursue partnerships   The...

TRA opposes 22 bills: most would harm high-speed rail

March 3rd, 2019
March 3, 2019 - TRA Newswire - If a small band of rural legislators get their way, Texans will not see a private investor-owned company build a high-speed rail line within your lifetime. Texas Rail Advocates is tracking 22 bills filed in...

Transpo leader State Rep. Joe Pickett, citing health issues, to retire

December 16th, 2018
December 16, 2018 - TRA Newswire - Considered one of the state's leading policy leaders on transportation issues, State Representative Joe Pickett - El Paso, said he will retire from the Texas House to undergo cancer treatments. Pickett has served the last...

Texas lawmakers didn’t stop fast trains this year

June 8th, 2017
June 8, 2017 - San Antonio Express-News - Bruce Selcraig, Staff Writer  - In February, a group of largely rural Republican state lawmakers, allied in their loathing of a privately funded, high-speed rail proposal that might one day zoom passengers between...

Following legislative session it's full speed ahead for Texas bullet train

May 30th, 2017
May 30, 2017 - TRA Newswire - Holly Reed, Managing Director for External Affairs at Texas Central Railway, announced that work on the Dallas to Houston bullet train project remains at "high speed". Reed, in a news release, stated that "we have not...

Are These the 5 Worst Bills of the Texas Legislative Session?

April 4th, 2017
April 3, 2017 - - The impact of some of these bills on Dallas transportation would be massive. Perhaps the scariest bill is one the Dallas Morning News reported on over the weekend. It would require communities to stage a public referendum...

Rural Lawmakers File 18 Bills to Derail Bullet Train between Dallas and Houston

February 21st, 2017
February 21, 2017 - TRA Newswire - Updated A group of rural state lawmakers have filed a slate of legislation to push back against Texas Central Railway's proposal to construct a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston. Senators Birdwell (R-Granbury), Creighton (R-Conroe), Kolkhorst...

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