Former Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen has been named to the Board of Directors of the Gulf Coast Rail District. He was nominated by and will represent the Fort Bend Mayor and Council Association replacing long time member and Stafford Mayor, Leonard Scarcella.
The District was created under authority granted by the State of Texas under the Transportation Code. It is governed by a board of directors consisting of fourteen appointees, one Ex Officio member appointed by the Texas Transportation Commission, and one Ex Officio member appointed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County.
The Texas Transit Association (TTA) has honored State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa (D-20) with the Friend of Transit Award.
TTA says this is one of its most prestigious individual awards. Sen. Hinojosa received the award for his many years of service in furthering the transportation industry in the state. He was nominated for the award by the Corpus Christi Regional Transportation Authority (CCRTA). “We are extremely grateful for Sen. Hinojosa and his office. CCRTA was awarded more than $7.23 million dollars in competitive grant funding thanks in part to support from Sen. Hinojosa.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) will award a $1.2 million grant to the city of Corsicana, Texas, to construct a 2,500-foot rail spur that will serve the Highway 31 Industrial Park. The grant will be matched with $833,333 in local funds. It's expected to generate $60 million in private investment, EDA officials said in a press release. The new rail spur, to be located in a Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Opportunity Zone, will directly support new economic development in North Central Texas, said Dana Gartzke, who performs the delegated duties of the assistant secretary of commerce for economic development.
The project was made possible by the regional planning efforts led by the North Central Texas Council of Governments, EDA officials said.
North Texas will not be the location for a Virgin Hyperloop certification center as the region was eliminated in competition. The DFW region was one of ten areas in the country that was angling for the project.
The autonomous transportation mode, which uses magnetic-levitating vehicles, has not yet carried a human being in its testing process.
The North Texas location would have been located along State Highway 360 near DFW International Airport and would have contained a six mile long track.