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  • All Signs Point to Even More Road Congestion, and That’s an Opportunity for Rail (Morning News)
  • Brownsville, Texas is the Safest Driving City of the 200 Largest US Cities (Morning News)
  • New Study Says Not All Houstonians Have Equal Access To Transit (HPM)
  • Captain Kirk Encourages Seniors to Start Riding a Bike (LA Times)
  • Weeks Before Project Connect Vote, City Talks Community Engagement (Austin Monitor)
  • A U.S. Transit Atlas That Ranks the Best (and Worst) Cities for Bus and Rail (CityLab)
  • Early Voting Starts Today in Runoff Elections in Austin (KUT)
  • Early Voting in Texas Senate Seat Special Election in Houston Happening Now (Houston Chron)

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  • Rick Perry’s TXDOT Negotiated $100 Million Bonus from Private Entity to Allow 85MPH on SH130 Failed Toll Road. Senator Kohlkorst Claims This Impacted the Texas Legislature’s 2011 Decision to Let It Go Forward. TXDOT Performed 85th Percentile Speed Study After Setting 85 MPH Speed. Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin is “Deeply Offended”. At Least 37 People Have Died on the 80 and 85 MPH Sections. (KXAN)
  • City of Mexia Joins Other Texas Cities in Establishing Hands Free Law to Fill Gaps Left By Legislature (KWTX)
  • Out of Control: Distracted Drivers Struggle to Keep Eyes on the Road in Houston Region (Houston Chron)
  • Texting, Eating and Grooming: Here’s What Houston’s Distracted Driving Problem Looks Like (Houston Chron)
  • ‘Do Not Disturb’ Option, Safe-Driving Contests, Tough Houston laws Could Lessen Driving Distractions (Houston Chron)
  • Texas Texting Law Has a Few Loopholes (Houston Chron)
  • Pedestrian Dead in Channelview Wreck (Houston Chron)
  • Austin Explores Options For New Pedestrian Bridge Over Lady Bird Lake (KUT)

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Programming note: Sorry for the gap. We’re back.

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  • Christof Spieler: Election of Representative-Elect Lizzie Fletcher is “very relevant for transit”
  • Reddit is Ready to Build Some High Capacity Transit in Houston
  • …METRO Hopes For A Strong Advocate In Congress With Lizzie Fletcher’s Election (Houston Public Media)
  • “CapMetro Account is Getting Sassy in Its Advocacy for Dedicated Lanes and I’m Here For It.” (Dan Keshet)
  • Will Conley – Citizen Chair of the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization – Lost His Race for County Judge (Hays Free Press)
  • Ed Emmett – Long Time Leader of the Houston Region Transportation and Urban Planning Policy – Lost His Race for County Judge (KPRC)
  • …Meet Lina Hidalgo: Harris County’s Newly Elected Latina Judge (Houston Public Media)
  • Urbanists Won Big in Austin. (AustinPolitics.Net, The Austin Met, AustinBizJournal, Curbed)
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: “Lowering the Speed Limit by 5 MPH on City Streets can Improve Safety for Motorists, Pedestrians and Bicyclists”

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  • Out of Control: Walking, Cycling in Houston Region Can Be Risky (Houston Chron)
  • Large Industrial Site at Rail Station May Redevelop as Walkable Mixed Use Center (Austin Bus Journal)
  • …But Anti-Environmental Austin Council Member Worried About Requiring Enough Car Parking
  • Woman Driving Drunk and Fast Crashes into Fire Engine, Headline Uses “SUV Crashes” Language (Morning News)
  • TXDOT Conducting Studies of Effects of Freeway Removal This Weekend (Morning News)
  • Pedestrian Killed Trying to Cross East Loop 820 in Fort Worth (Morning News)
  • Not Many People Use DART’s D-Link With $11 Per Trip Subsidy (Morning News)
  • Dallas To Open Streets For Cyclists Saturday (CBS DFW)

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  • Peter Calthorpe: Robot Cars Won’t Solve Congestion, But Robot Transit Might (New York Times)
  • Three Versions of Austin’s Next Transit Map (Austin On Your Feet)
  • Lessons From Austin on Legalizing Apartments (Beyond Chron)
  • DART Expands Customer Connectivity Options with Digital Kiosks
  • Austin’s Rail Or Bust Activists Succeed in Getting Cap Metro to Add “BRT/LRT/ART” to Map Legend
  • City of Fort Worth Asks NCTCOG for $16 Million for Complete Streets (KRLD)

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