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1 Document(s) [ Subject: Amtrak ]

Committee: House Transportation
Title: Interim Report
Subjects: Amtrak | County government | Freight | Gulf Intracoastal Waterway | Highway finance | Highway maintenance | Highway planning | Highways | Light rail transit systems | Mass transit | Motor vehicle registration | Motor Vehicles, Texas Department of | Municipalities | Natural gas fields | Panama Canal | Ports | Railroads | Rural areas | Semi-trailer trucks | Tax increment reinvestment zones | Traffic | Traffic safety | Transportation planning | Transportation, Texas Department of | Vehicle safety inspections |
Library Call Number: L1836.83 T687
Session: 83rd R.S. (2013)
Online version: View report [0 pages]
Charges: This report should address the charges below.
1. Evaluate actions by state agencies under the committee's jurisdiction to increase transparency, accountability, and efficiency. Consider the cost-saving outsourcing of technologies and recently developed practices, such as the conversion of roadways, used by the Department of Transportation designed to demonstrate savings. Identify and make recommendations on the credibility and effectiveness of these goals.
2. Monitor the usage of state funds by the Texas Department of Transportation for improving road quality in areas impacted by Energy Sector activities.
3. Evaluate the status of Texas's port system, including a review of the structure and operations of the Maritime Division of the Texas Department of Transportation.
4. Evaluate the status of passenger and freight rail in Texas, including a review of the structure and operations of the Rail Division of the Texas Department of Transportation.
5. Review the state of our current transportation infrastructure outside of the five most populous areas. Explore future needs of our infrastructure and make recommendations to ensure long-range sufficiency.
6. Monitor the implementation of the "Turn-Back Program" by the Texas Department of Transportation, specifically its fiscal impact to municipalities and taxpayers.
7. Examine county authority to utilize tax increment financing and transportation reinvestment zones to fund transportation projects.
8. Monitor and review the efforts of the Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) Texas Technology Task Force (TTTF). The TTTF shall study emerging transportation, communication, and computing technologies and determine physical infrastructure and system components that TxDOT or other state departments would need to provide to enable selected technologies. The task is to be completed by TTTF as directed by SB 1 (83R), item 44, Article VII-31. (Joint charge with the House Committee on Technology)
9. Conduct legislative oversight and monitoring of the agencies and programs under the committee’s jurisdiction and the implementation of relevant legislation passed by the 83rd Legislature. In conducting this oversight, the committee should: a. consider any reforms to state agencies to make them more responsive to Texas taxpayers and citizens; b. identify issues regarding the agency or its governance that may be appropriate to investigate, improve, remedy, or eliminate; c. determine whether an agency is operating in a transparent and efficient manner; and d. identify opportunities to streamline programs and services while maintaining the mission of the agency and its programs.

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