roads http://kut.org en An 11,000-Mile Trip, a 1949 Car, and One Big Point About U.S. Infrastructure http://kut.org/post/11000-mile-trip-1949-car-and-one-big-point-about-us-infrastructure <p>Can you compare a 1949 <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hudson_Motor_Car_Company">Hudson car</a> to America’s aging infrastructure?</p><p>Best-selling author and award-winning journalist <a href="http://www.danmcnichol.com/">Dan McNichol</a> thinks so –&nbsp;and says it's time to rebuild.</p><p>McNichol is driving an antique Hudson across the United States for several months, traveling 11,000 miles with stops in cities including Boston, San Diego, Washington and Austin to raise awareness about the state of America’s infrastructure –&nbsp;and what can be done about it.</p><p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:28:24 +0000 Reynaldo Leanos 10771 at http://kut.org An 11,000-Mile Trip, a 1949 Car, and One Big Point About U.S. Infrastructure Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month http://kut.org/post/federal-highway-program-could-run-out-money-next-month Congress has yet another problem it can't solve.<p>For years, the main federal transportation program has been spending more money than it takes in. Thu, 03 Jul 2014 21:39:13 +0000 Alan Greenblatt 10732 at http://kut.org Federal Highway Program Could Run Out Of Money Next Month How Driverless Cars Could Change the Way We Travel http://kut.org/post/how-driverless-cars-could-change-way-we-travel <p>Self-driving cars are coming. It’s just a matter of when. Last year, four states passed laws allowing driverless cars on the road. &nbsp;But for Chandra Bhat, director of the <a href="http://www.utexas.edu/research/ctr/">Center for Transportation Research </a>at the University of Texas, the question is how driverless cars will affect <em>other </em>consumer choices people make: where they live, what types of cars they own, when they travel?</p><p>Listen to Bhat talk about some of those ways below.</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/138936860&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Bhat spoke at SXSW&nbsp;Interactive on Monday about the implications of driverless cars.</p><p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 22:49:01 +0000 Kate McGee 9935 at http://kut.org How Driverless Cars Could Change the Way We Travel Highways Are Talking Point as Candidates Take to Road http://kut.org/post/highways-are-talking-point-candidates-take-road <p class="p1" style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15.199999809265137px;">In a speech last month kicking off her campaign to be Texas' first Democratic lieutenant governor in 15 years, state Sen.<a data-tooltip="/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/quicklook/" href="http://www.texastribune.org/directory/leticia-van-de-putte/" style="box-sizing: border-box; color: rgb(0, 137, 144);" title="">Leticia Van de Putte</a>&nbsp;of&nbsp;San Antonio&nbsp;offered examples of what she considere Mon, 30 Dec 2013 22:05:53 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 9463 at http://kut.org Highways Are Talking Point as Candidates Take to Road Lawmakers Hunt for Cash to Fix Roads Hit by Drilling http://kut.org/post/lawmakers-hunt-cash-fix-roads-hit-drilling <p><span style="color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35;">An assortment of state lawmakers, county officials and energy industry leaders are working this session to fix the growing number of roads torn up as a result of increased drilling activity.</span></p><p style="box-sizing: border-box; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; font-size: 1.5em; line-height: 1.35; color: rgb(34, 34, 34); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif;">“Roads that are designed for a 20-year-life are being used in five years,” said DeWitt County Judge Daryl Fowler, who is pressing Austin to come up with a fix this session on behalf of several counties in the Eagle Ford Shale.</p><p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 01:43:00 +0000 Aman Batheja, Texas Tribune 6433 at http://kut.org Lawmakers Hunt for Cash to Fix Roads Hit by Drilling Mopac/U.S. 290 Flyover Open http://kut.org/post/mopacus-290-flyover-open <p><iframe frameborder="0" height="355" marginheight="0" marginwidth="0" scrolling="no" src="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=290+Mopac&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=290+MoPac+Expy,+Austin,+Texas+78701&amp;gl=us&amp;t=m&amp;ll=30.235711,-97.823982&amp;spn=0.013162,0.019312&amp;z=15&amp;output=embed" width="451"></iframe><br><em><small>The South Austin exchange where the flyover opened. <a href="https://maps.google.com/maps?q=290+Mopac&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;hq=&amp;hnear=290+MoPac+Expy,+Austin,+Texas+78701&amp;gl=us&amp;t=m&amp;ll=30.235711,-97.823982&amp;spn=0.013162,0.019312&amp;z=15&amp;source=embed" style="color:#0000FF;text-align:left">View Larger Map</a></small></em></p><p>Some commuters may have had an easier commute this morning.</p><p>The flyover connecting westbound 290 to southbound Mopac opened this morning, with workers uncovering signage and removing traffic barriers around 8 a.m.</p><p> Wed, 05 Dec 2012 19:01:15 +0000 Wells Dunbar 5830 at http://kut.org Study: Bad Road Conditions Cost Austinites $1,200 a Year http://kut.org/post/study-bad-road-conditions-cost-austinites-1200-year <p>Austin’s roads cost each local driver $1,200 a year. That's according to <a href="http://www.tripnet.org/index.php" target="_blank">TRIP</a>, a highway industry nonprofit. The organization also found that deficient roads in Texas cost drivers a total of $23 billion each year.</p><p>The report says poor road conditions cause accidents and additional traffic which lead to longer commute times and greater fuel usage. Substandard roads can also result in more wear and tear to vehicles and tires, resulting in higher maintenance costs.&nbsp;</p><p>Overall, TRIP found that 18 percent of Texas’s major urban roads are in poor condition, while 27 percent are considered mediocre. Though $1,200 a year isn't chump change, the report still found Austin has the fewest number of roads in poor condition with nine percent. San Antonio ranks highest, with 33 percent of its roads in poor condition.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 15:29:09 +0000 Kelli Ainsworth 5230 at http://kut.org Study: Bad Road Conditions Cost Austinites $1,200 a Year When Will the Driverless Car Travel to Texas? http://kut.org/post/when-will-driverless-car-travel-texas <p>Robots can&nbsp;<a href="http://www.davincisurgery.com/" target="_blank">perform surgery</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://www.robots.com/" target="_blank">build machinery</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-frequency_trading" target="_blank">trade stocks</a>, and even&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2012/04/can-an-algorithm-write-a-better-news-story-than-a-human-reporter/" target="_blank">write news stories</a>. And now they can drive cars.</p><p>California&nbsp;<a href="http://techcrunch.com/2012/09/24/how-googles-powerful-lobby-legalized-driverless-cars-in-california/" target="_blank">legalized so-called self-driving cars</a>&nbsp;yesterday.&nbsp;Nevada has actually&nbsp;<a href="http://singularityhub.com/2012/05/08/green-light-for-googles-driverless-car-as-it-receives-first-autonomous-license/" target="_blank">issued a drivers license</a>&nbsp;to a robot car. And while Texas isn't exactly&nbsp;stepping on the gas with regards to driverless cars, it isn't stuck in neutral either.</p><p>The only traffic-ready self-driving car is currently offered made&nbsp;Google – although it’s&nbsp;not for sale. The system uses sensors and computers to navigate through traffic. Current laws require a human to sit in the driver’s seat, in case something goes haywire with the computer.</p><p>Google says its fleet of six Toyota&nbsp;Priuses, an Audi&nbsp;TT, and a Lexus&nbsp;RX450&nbsp;hybrid have logged more than&nbsp;<a href="http://googleblog.blogspot.hu/2012/08/the-self-driving-car-logs-more-miles-on.html">300,000 trouble-free miles</a>. There have been two collisions, but the company says that neither was the robot driver’s fault.</p><p> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 17:52:23 +0000 Mark Dewey 5171 at http://kut.org When Will the Driverless Car Travel to Texas? 426 Austin Bridges are 'Good' or 'Excellent' - But This One Isn't http://kut.org/post/426-austin-bridges-are-good-or-excellent-one-isnt <p>It may be time for a do-over on the Emmett Shelton bridge.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Better known as the Red Bud bridge or the "Low Water" bridge, it spans Lady Bird Lake just below Tom Miller Dam, linking Austin to newer communities to the west.</p><p>The city's <a href="http://www.kutnews.org/post/council-gives-preliminary-approval-bond-package" target="_blank">latest proposed bond package</a> includes $3 million to design a "better bridge at a better angle" across the lake, according to Austin Public Works spokesperson Sara Hartley. She says the bridge is the only one in Austin that is not rated structurally "good" or better, though she says its rating of "fair" means that it is safe to travel.</p><p> Fri, 17 Aug 2012 19:25:03 +0000 Mark Dewey 4903 at http://kut.org