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7 Document(s) [ Subject: Bridges ]

Committee: House Transportation
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Bridges | Environmental protection | Federal funds | Highway finance | Highway maintenance | International trade | Mass transit | Panama Canal | Ports | Texas Mobility Fund | Traffic | Transportation | Transportation planning | Transportation, Texas Department of |
Library Call Number: L1836.82 T687
Session: 82nd R.S. (2011)
Online version: View report [61 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review the state of our current transportation infrastructure, including studying roadway, bridge, and waterway quality and long-range plans by the Texas Department of Transportation for maintaining these assets. Explore future needs of our infrastructure for the next decade and make recommendations to ensure long-range sufficiency.
2. Study the state's preparedness for the expansion of the Panama Canal and determine whether the state's infrastructure is ready for the increase in commerce.
3. Conduct a thorough review of the operations of transit organizations in Texas. Explore possible reforms to streamline and improve services to Texans.
4. Study the environmental review process for transportation projects and monitor the implementation of reforms newly passed by the 82nd Legislature. Continue to work with all stakeholders to develop any necessary changes. (Joint with the House Committee on Environmental Regulation)
5. Study transportation funding reforms and develop long-term state funding recommendations, with an eye on any federal reforms that become law. Explore options to eliminate "diversions" from Fund 6 to non-transportation-related programs. (Joint with the House Committee on Appropriations)
Committee: Senate Transportation and Homeland Security
Title: Interim Report
Library Catalog Title: Report to the 81st Legislature
Subjects: Advertising | Billboards | Border security | Bridges | Buses | Crime laboratories | Dedicated funds | Driver licenses | Driver Responsibility Program | Drug trafficking | Emergency management | Enhanced driver licenses | Gangs | Highway finance | Homeland security | Human trafficking | Metropolitan Planning Organizations | Privatization | Real ID Act | State agencies | State government contracts | Toll roads | Trans-Texas Corridor | Transportation | Transportation, Texas Department of | Undocumented immigrants |
Library Call Number: L1836.80 In5hs
Session: 80th R.S. (2007)
Online version: View report [109 pages  File size: 797 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate the state's homeland security efforts and the state's recent $140 million investment in law enforcement to help secure the border and study and make recommendations to deter transnational and drug-related gang violence and crime, including the use of injunctions and any possible improvements to Chapter 125 of the Civil Practices and Remedies Code, relating to membership in street gangs.
2. Study and make recommendations for the creation of a tamper-proof driver's license or photo ID that complies with the federal Real ID Act, including the implementation of the Secure Enhanced Drivers' License Program (SB 11, 80th Legislature, Regular Session), by the Department of Pubic Safety and issue recommendations for improving and expanding the pilot program.
3. Examine the roles and best practices among individuals, state and local governments, hospitals and other health care providers, and the insurance industry for disaster planning and first response efforts. Explore what changes are needed to better prepare for natural disasters to mitigate claims and losses. Include an assessment of the state's implementation of recent recommendations for evacuations, including movement of medically fragile populations. Study the level of preparedness among critical infrastructure entities in both the public and private sector, the effectiveness of state disaster relief policies relating to this infrastructure and the sufficiency of personnel needed to restore this infrastructure. Assess the state's preparedness to handle a public health emergency. Examine the challenges of interoperability of communications technologies to improve coordination of different plans across jurisdictions
4. Study and make recommendations regarding state and local regulation of billboards. Produce a graphical analysis of current billboards, evaluate objective criteria for locations where billboards can be permitted or prohibited, including but not limited to geographical (corridor or urban/rural), land usage (e.g. industrial), or cultural/historical criteria, and include consideration of the impact on any federal funding.
5. Study and make recommendations for improving management and oversight of Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs). Include a review of populations served, MPO governance, oversight, roles, variation among MPOs, and MPO decision-making ability in relation to TxDOT or other agencies.
6. Study Comprehensive Development Agreements (CDAs) and make recommendations to ensure the maximum benefit to taxpayers. Study the implications of requiring CDAs to have definitive buyback formulas that can be calculated without using any form of future revenue forecasts. Study requiring potential CDA projects to be solicited only after environmental clearance has been granted. Study the implications of shortening CDA's maximum allowable contract duration. Study provisions affecting competing facilities.
7. Review the status of structurally deficient bridges and provide increased oversight of TxDOT's bridge repair activities to ensure that any unsafe bridges are identified and repaired as soon as possible.
8. Study and make recommendations relating to the status of current and planned toll road projects in Texas, the use of public-private partnerships to build new roads and/or transit services, and the market valuation process. Analyze the impact of lengthening the number of years a toll road authority may issue bonds.
9. Study the effectiveness of the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) and make recommendations for its future role in providing additional roads in Texas. Provide specific recommendations relating to public input in the development of the TTC.
10. Study the impact of prohibitions in Section 2301.476 (Manufacturer or Distributor Ownership, Operation, or Control of Dealership), Occupations Code, on the sale of buses in Texas and make recommendations. Gather information and monitor the methods of sale of buses in other states and the dealership network, if any. Evaluate the need and possible benefits or detriments caused to public and private sector in application of this law and rule to the bus industry.
11. Study the issue and amount of state agency expenditures on media activities and the legal authority for such expenditures. Develop recommendations for guidelines to ensure appropriate use of state funds to provide legitimate public education.
12. Monitor urban crime laboratories and their compliance with state laws regulating their functions and make recommendations to restore public trust in their functions and to ensure full compliance with federal Homeland Security reporting requirements. Specifically, review the report issued by the Independent Investigator for the Houston Police Department Crime Laboratory and Property Room, the independent panel review of certain criminal convictions prompted by the conclusions of this report, and the implementation by the City of Houston of any reforms recommended in this report.
13. Study and review state and local options for expanding transportation funding and explore options to reduce diversions of Fund 6 revenue.(Joint charge with Senate Finance Committee)
14. Study and make recommendations relating to whether the Texas Department of Transportation is in compliance with Transportation Code ยง201.109, Revenue Enhancement, and whether the Texas Department of Transportation is using the funding sources provided by the Legislature, including, but not limited to, General Obligation, Fund 6 and Mobility Fund bonds, to build new roads. (Joint charge with Senate Finance Committee)
15. Study and make recommendations to stem the tide of illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and human smuggling, and to reduce the criminal activities within the Border region. (Joint charge with Senate Committee on International Relations and Trade)
16. Monitor the implementation of legislation addressed by the Transportation & Homeland Security Committee, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and make recommendations for any legislation needed to improve, enhance, and/or complete implementation. Specifically, report on implementation of SB 792, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, and SB 1723, 80th Legislature, Regular Session, to improve the overall collection rate and compliance rate with the Driver Responsibility Program.
Committee: House Transportation
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Transportation, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 2000 : a report to the House of Representatives, 77th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Border transit corridors | Bridges | County roads | Driver licenses | Farm-to-market roads | Federal funds | GARVEE bonds | Graduated driver licenses | Highway finance | Highways - safety | Motor fuels taxes | North American Free Trade Agreement | Semi-trailer trucks | Speed limits | Teenage drivers | Toll roads | Traffic fatalities | Transportation bonds | Transportation, Texas Department of |
Library Call Number: L1836.76 t687
Session: 76th R.S. (1999)
Online version: View report [58 pages  File size: 2,220 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study ways the state and counties can ensure a safe, adequately funded county road and bridge system consistent with encouraging commerce and economic growth.
2. Study the advantages and disadvantages of a graduated driver's license program, including the experience of states that have recently enacted such programs.
3. Examine highway funding issues in light of the combined impact of rapid transportation growth and increased NAFTA traffic. Monitor state and federal developments related to funding and planning of NAFTA corridors.
4. Conduct active oversight of the agencies under the committee's jurisdiction, including effects of legislation increasing speed limits.
Committee: House Transportation
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: House Committee on Transportation, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1998 : a report to the House of Representatives, 76th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Bridges | County roads | Highway finance | License plates | Motor vehicle records | Motor vehicle registration | North American Free Trade Agreement | Semi-trailer trucks | Speed limits | Traffic | Traffic safety | Truck traffic |
Library Call Number: L1836.75 t687
Session: 75th R.S. (1997)
Online version: View report [199 pages  File size: 9,587 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Review all issues related to speed limits and highway safety.
2. Study the system for funding county reads and bridges. Assess its adequacy and any measures that would improve the system.
3. Review the process for creating and issuing special license plates. Assess the benefits and disadvantages of a proliferation of special plates.
4. Study the effects of oversize and overweight trucks on roads and bridges, including the impact of NAFTA-related traffic.
5. Examine the implementation of HB 2151, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, and HB 2599, 74th Legislature, Regular Session, relating to the licensing of salvage vehicle dealers and to salvage vehicle titling procedures. Review federal legislation that may impact state laws relating to salvage vehicles. (Joint with the House Committee on Licensing and Administrative Procedures)
6. Conduct active oversight of agencies and programs under the committee's jurisdiction, including the implementation of SB 370, 75th Legislature, Regular Session, and monitor issues affecting state highway funding.
Committee: Senate Intergovernmental Relations
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Interim report pursuant to interim charges.
Subjects: Affordable housing | Bridges | City government | Counties | County government | Municipalities | Sports arenas | Streets | Suburban areas | Urban sprawl |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 l786
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [107 pages  File size: 5,284 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study and make recommendations on the possible consolidation of services that are provided by both county and municipal government.
2. Study and make recommendations regarding the problems of urban infrastructure, recognizing the deterioration in such areas and the shift of population and businesses to suburban areas.
Committee: House Transportation
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Transportation, Texas House of Representatives interim report, 1996 : a report to the House of Representatives, 75th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Air transportation | Bridges | County roads | Eminent domain | Farm-to-market roads | Highway construction | Highway finance | Property rights | Rights of way | Semi-trailer trucks | Toll roads | Transportation bonds | Transportation, Texas Department of | Truck traffic |
Library Call Number: L1836.74 t687
Session: 74th R.S. (1995)
Online version: View report [31 pages  File size: 1,615 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Study alternative financing of the state's highway system.
2. Study ways to establish a dedicated funding source for general aviation development needs.
3. Study the effect of "Schmidt Factors" and "Westgate Laws" on right-of-way acquisitions and public works projects.
4. Study the effect of heavy trucks on highways and county roads, including a look a current laws and the ratio between consumptive use of the system and fees paid by users.
Committee: Senate Rural Transportation Infrastructure, Interim
Title: Interim report
Library Catalog Title: Senate Interim Committee on Rural Transportation Infrastructure interim report 1994 : a report to the Texas Senate, 74th Texas Legislature.
Subjects: Bridges | Farm-to-market roads | Highway finance | Rural areas | Rural issues | Transportation infrastructure |
Library Call Number: L1836.73 r88
Session: 73rd R.S. (1993)
Online version: View report [94 pages  File size: 3,943 kb]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. To study and make recommendations regarding rural transportation infrastructure system in the state, with emphasis on safety and maintenance of existing farm-to-market roads and substandard bridges located in rural areas.
2. Study the current method of allocating funding for farm-to-market roads and substandard bridges located in rural areas to determine the best method of allocating state resources for these transportation projects.
3. Study and make recommendations regarding the distribution and source of funding for rural transportation infrastructure projects.
4. Review and evaluate methods for determining the needs of counties in constructing new farm-to-market roads and bridges.
5. Study and make recommendations regarding any additions or other changes that the Committee determines should be made to the Texas Constitution and statutory law that would improve rural transportation infrastructure and provide an equitable system for funding rural transportation infrastructure, including farm to market roads and substandard bridges located in rural areas.

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