The latest edition of our fabled Air, Land & Sea podcast is out. In this episode, Star-Telegram aviation writer Andrea Ahles talks about the flight attendants unions at the new American Airlines coming together with management to talk about a new contract, and yours truly provides an update on the proposal to build a 220 mph bullet train from Dallas to Houston. A two-year environmental study on the proposed Texas Central Railway line is expected to begin in the next three months, and Texans can expect to learn more specifics about more precisely where the high-speed tracks would go.
It seemed perhaps an unlikely match when the North Texas Tollway Authority set up a booth at this year's Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. But as it turns out, the Plano-based agency sold more than a few TollTags to the farm and ranch crowd. The main draw is apparently Chisholm Trail Parkway, a 28-mile toll road connecting Fort Worth to Cleburne that is scheduled to open in May.
A $166 million makeover of Interstate 30 in Arlington was dubbed the "Three Bridges project." The work created a modern, efficient way to move traffic into the city's entertainment district, including the Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium and the Rangers' Globe Life Ballpark. But, like all good things, the work came to an end on the west side of Arlington, near the Cooper Street overpass. There, about six lanes of traffic in each direction from the modernized version of I-30 squeeze back down into the old configuration, only three lanes in each direction, which continues all the way to downtown Fort Worth. Here' s a video I did on the I-30 mess, which includes some updated information on what the Texas Department of Transportation is doing about it.
Thanks to everyone who took part in our Twitter chat today. Let's do it again soon. My colleague, @maricare, Storified the chat, and if you'd like to see her work go here.
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For several weeks now, I've been working on a story about the evolution of Texas 114, which is now a hugely important economic corridor connecting Dallas, Irving, Grapevine, Southlake, Roanoke and far north Fort Worth ... to name a few cities. Along with the main story, I also put together a Storymap, which was fun and sort of a new way to tell a news story online and in mobile devices and tablets such as iPad. Let me know what you think.
Also, don't forget to join me at noon for a Twitter chat. I'm normally @gdickson but today I will be chatting @startelegram, which is the Star-Telegram's main Twitter account. I'll be using the hashtag #dfwtraffic, so send in some transportation questions. Thanks!
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A $2.5 billion (yes, with a 'b') makeover of Loop 820 and Texas 121/183 "Airport Freeway" in Northeast Tarrant County will be completed by the end of 2014 - at least six months ahead of schedule.
That's the latest word from the folks at North Tarrant Express, the name of the project.
Join us Tuesday, Feb. 25, from noon to 1 p.m., when Star-Telegram transportation writer Gordon Dickson will take over the Star-Telegram's Twitter feed to discuss the hot topics that involve your commute.
Here are the details:
When: Noon to 1 p.m. CST, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014
Topic: Join Star-Telegram transportation writer Gordon Dickson --@gdickson -- for a conversation on #DFWtraffic. Ask questions and get answers on what's making you honkin' mad.
Host: Star-Telegram: @startelegram
Moderator: Maricar Estrella, Deputy Managing Editor/Community Engagement: @maricare
Can’t make the chat? Comment below with your questions or go to the Star-Telegram Facebook page from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Feb. 25 to join the Facebook discussion.
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On a good day, driving on Interstate 35W between downtown and far north Fort Worth is a hair-pulling, brow-sweating experience. But it's about to get even worse, as later this year the Texas Department of Transportation and its private partners begin a complete makeover of the highway, which is being modernized and expanded with toll lanes.
But just in time for that gorilla of a driving headache, a little relief is also on the horizon.
A new bus service to downtown Fort Worth is scheduled to be launched in late spring. Riders will be able to catch buses at a new park-and-ride lot on the southbound side of I-35W, between Golden Triangle Boulevard and Heritage Trace Parkway.
The tentative plan is to offer three trips each in both the morning and afternoon, but the Fort Worth Transportation Authority is still hashing through the details. The agency, also known as the T, will present the project to its board for approval Feb. 17 ... and if construction on the park-and-ride lot continues smoothly, it should open by June at the latest.
For those who live in far north Fort Worth, Haslet, Keller, Roanoke, etc., and work in downtown Fort Worth, this new service might be worth exploring. It won't necessarily get you to work any quicker, but you'll be able to leave the driving to someone else and get some emailing, texting or YouTube watching done during the journey. Or you could strike up a conversation with the other riders, and perhaps make some new friends. (That sounds like a lot more fun that staring at an angry driver's bumper ahead of you on the freeway, doesn't it?).
I'll be doing a story on this new bus service, and it will probably run during the coming weekend - maybe Sunday's or Monday's Fort Worth Star-Telegram. But in the meantime, those who want to learn more about it can attend either of two meetings:
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Retirees in a small southwest Tarrant County enclave will be offered TollTags for up to three years, to offset the inconvenience of a neighborhood road closure that officials say was necessary for construction of Chisholm Trail Parkway toll road. Although Fort Worth-area officials support the unusual proposal, officials in other parts of Dallas Fort Worth saying giving away TollTags sets a dangerous precedent.