As the 87th legislative session commences in January, local officials plan to advocate for increased funding for transportation projects including high-speed rail and the ability to utilize toll roads and managed lanes.
Mayor Turner says the city is close to releasing specifics of transportation planning that may include narrowing streets to slow traffic and increasing sidewalks, bike lanes, and access to public transit.
In a letter to the Japanese Prime Minister, Governor Abbott expressed his "full support" for Texas Central and urged Japan to complete its final negotiations. The railroad does not yet have permission from the federal government to begin construction.
Reversing a previous decision, the Surface Transportation Board said it will be the controlling agency over Texas Central's high-speed rail project and will require the railroad to submit a full application.