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|12/06/13||Best of the TxDOT Podcast: Heath - 'Drivewyze' Technology Born From Frustration - How many times have you heard the rhetorical statement, "we can put a man on the moon, but we can't..." do something that seems simple? When it comes to technology and transportation, that question - and the urgency it represents - is becoming more and more common. Enter Brian Heath, the President and CEO of Drivewyze, a Canadian firm that may not have put a man on the moon, but may be on the path to solving some of today's most pressing - and perplexing - transportation issues. For more information about Drivewyze, log on to its website, http://drivewyze.com/.
This episode originally posted in April 2013. Register for the 9th Annual Texas Transportation Forum here: www.txdot.gov/ttf.
|11/22/13||Tips for Safe Highway Travel - The Thanksgiving holiday is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year, particularly on the nation's highways. TxDOT and AAA-Texas want you and yours to be safe this holiday season, and that safety starts before you ever get into the car. For more, I spoke with Doug Shupe of AAA-Texas. For more travel safety tips, log onto the AAA-Texas website, www.texas.aaa.com.
|11/15/13||Best of the TxDOT Podcast: Texas ranks 11th overall in Reason Foundation's 20th Annual Highway Report - For each of the past 20 years, the Reason Foundation has compiled a report on the performance of state highway systems across the country, and ranked them on 11 different indicators. Texas was ranked 11th overall on the most recent report, which showed marked improvement from where we started 20 years ago. For more on this report, I spoke with Dr. Adrian Moore of the Reason Foundation. Read the Reason Foundation's 20th Annual Report on the Performance of State Highway Systems on their website: http://reason.org.
This episode originally posted in July 2013.
|11/07/13||Solemn anniversary: Nov. 7, 2000 was last fatality-free day on Texas highways - November 7, 2000 was Election Day. It was also the last day that no one died on the highways in Texas. In the thirteen years since that day, more than 45,000 people have lost their lives in crashes and incredibly, the rate at which those deaths are occurring is accelerating. For more, I spoke with TxDOT's Deputy Executive Director, John Barton.|
|11/01/13||Best of the TxDOT Podcast - Hiemstra: Tomorrow's 'Drivers' May Choose Not To - For most of us, looking into the future is a murky proposition at best. For others, though, like Glen Hiemstra, the owner and founder of futurist.com, the future is a familiar - and hopeful - place where, as he told me, transportation needs and methods look very different from today. Read more from Mr. Hiemstra on his blog, www.futurist.com.
This episode originally posted in February 2013.
|10/25/13||Phase 1 of I-35E Managed Lanes project kicks off - Interstate 35 between Dallas and San Antonio through Central Texas is one of the most heavily traveled sections of roadway anywhere in the United States. Just south of the DFW Metroplex, the Interstate splits in to I-35E, which serves Dallas, and I-35W, which serves Fort Worth. North of the Metroplex, the two come back together near Denton before heading into Oklahoma. Starting next week, the 27-mile segment of I-35E between I-635 in Dallas and US 380 in Denton is getting a major facelift. For more information about the project, I spoke with TxDOT's Varuna Singh. For more on the I-35E Managed Lanes project, log on to www.keepitmovingdallas.com/projects.|
|10/18/13||Best of the TxDOT Podcast - Smith on Electric Vehicles: En-Route Charging Eliminates Big Battery Needs - While many are scratching their heads about today's electric vehicles and wondering when the battery technology might finally catch up, Wesley Smith, CEO of Wireless Advance Vehicle Electrification (WAVE), is taking an entirely different approach that's already receiving rave reviews. And as the Star Trek fan noted proudly, helping one vehicle in particular to go where none had gone before. For more information on WAVE, log on to http://www.waveipt.com.
This episode originally posted in March 2013.
|10/11/13||Study: American Attitudes on Risky Driving Changing ... For the Worse - A recent survey by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety showed that in the past four years, many Americans' attitudes about drunk driving, drowsy driving, distracted driving and aggressive driving have begun to change?and not for the better. For more, I spoke with AAA Texas spokesman Doug Shupe. For more information on this study, log on to AAAFoundation.org.|
|10/04/13||Colorado recovery may bring renewal, improvements as well - The state of Colorado has been in the news for all the wrong reasons over the past few years, including epic battles with widespread wildfires and subsequent torrential rains and mudslides that have wiped out roads and bridges in 17 counties. And as Colorado Department of Transportation spokesperson Amy Ford told me, while it may take Colorado and its department of transportation years to recover, as recovery begins, so will improvements that may not have been possible without the recent devastation.|
|09/25/13||Munoz: 'Tackling Challenges Head-On' - With the economy slowly shifting into recovery and consumer spending on the rise, Texas' ports and commercial border crossings are getting busier by the day. As South Texas grows, so will the traffic at the border, which could affect prices and delivery times for the things Americans buy.
With three ports of entry in his Hidalgo County district, State Representative Sergio Munoz Jr. has been at the forefront of the movement to improve Texas' ports of entry, as well as channeling that traffic along a predetermined heavy-traffic corridor, which he established with the passage of House Bill 474 in the last legislative session.