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The TxDOT Update
News and Information from the Texas Department of Transportation

In this issue

  • Phil Wilson Named Executive Director
  • Transportation Commission Meeting Actions
  • 2012 Transportation Forum Set For San Antonio
  • Statewide Podcasts
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October 3, 2011

Editor's Note: Here's our roundup of Texas Department of Transportation news and events. If you have any questions, comments or just want to know more about something you read here, send a message to AskTxDOT@txdot.gov.


Phil Wilson Named Executive Director

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Former Texas Secretary of State Phil Wilson has been named TxDOT's new executive director, effective Oct. 17. The Texas Transportation Commission appointed Wilson during its regular monthly meeting on Sept. 29.

Wilson currently is the senior vice president of public affairs for Luminant, a Dallas-based electric generation company. He succeeds former Executive Director Amadeo Saenz, who retired Aug. 31. Wilson's appointment culminates a national search for Saenz's replacement.

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Transportation Commission Meeting Actions

In other business from its Sept. 29 meeting, the Commission took the following actions:

  • Approved the allocation of $3 billion in Proposition 12 bond proceeds for the development of state highway improvement projects
  • Approved increasing speed limits to 75 mph on four Central Texas highways.
  • Authorized issuing a request for qualifications (RFQ) for the development, design, construction, financing, maintenance and operation of the I-35E managed lanes project in Dallas and Denton counties from I-635 to US 380. The RFQ will be published in the Texas Register.
  • Established statewide annual participation goals for the HUB program.

The Commission also held a public hearing on the department's rules relating to environmental reviews and received staff updates on the agency's modernization efforts and the Texas Rail Plan.

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2012 Transportation Forum Set For San Antonio

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Registration is now open for the 7th Annual Texas Transportation Forum, set for Feb. 15-17 at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio, located on the Riverwalk. The theme for the 2012 Forum is "We're Going Places!" The annual event assembles local, regional and state leaders with national experts to discuss timely transportation issues. Attend the Forum and earn Professional Development Hours.  Find out more here.

Reserve your hotel room and register online now. Early registration closes Dec. 15 at 5 p.m. Central Time. We hope to see you in San Antonio in 2012!

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Statewide Podcasts

TxDOT produces a weekly Statewide Podcast to keep you updated on the latest transportation news and issues, and new podcast episodes are published every Friday on the TxDOT website, www.txdot.gov.

In this week's episode, we talk with Dr. Tim Lomax, research engineer with the Texas Transportation Institute, about the 2011 Urban Mobility Report. Episodes are also available on iTunes.

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