Jay Blazek Crossley
Traffic congestion costs the people of Texas over $14 billion a year in terms of lost time on the freeways, according to our tabulation of the Texas Transportation Institute’s 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard. Most Texas elected officials have supported dramatic moves to fund road projects attempting to address this issue. The people of Texas voted … Continue reading "How much do traffic crashes cost the people of Texas? (A: $162 Billion)"
Austin’s transit agency, Capital Metro, is engaging in a long term transit planning process that could lead to future light rail lines, bus rapid transit, and enhancements to existing high capacity transit. Project Connect 2.0 follows on the failure of the 2014 bond referendum that could have built Austin’s first light rail line. Many felt … Continue reading "Project Connect: Why Oltorf and Pleasant Valley should jump into Phase II"
I've spent part of every week for the last three years researching, experimenting, and advocating for allowing Texas cities more leeway to design safer neighborhood streets. This legislative session, there are three different safe neighborhood streets bills in the Texas House and Senate -- and a real breakthrough is within reach.
Earlier this month, we told you about five bad bills to oppose in the Texas Legislature this session, and now it's time to move on to the good bills worth your support. These five bills could do tremendous good by leading to more complete neighborhoods and safer streets, and ending the crisis of road deaths in Texas.
Yesterday Texas State Representative Celia Israel called for passage of the Safe Neighborhood Streets Bill (HB 1368). She was joined by Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Fort Worth Council Member Ann Zadeh, and Houston Public Works and Engineering Department Deputy Director Jeff Weatherford, as well as Representative Helen Giddings, who said that she would be the first co-sponsor of the bill.