Category Archives: Travel

It’s official: Southwest tickets to Hawaii are on sale and they’re remarkably cheap

By Dom DiFurio, Breaking Business News Reporter

southwest-airlinesDallas-based Southwest airlines has finally set dates for its initial flights in its long-anticipated Hawaii routes.

The first flights will take off on Mar. 17 and tickets are currently listed for as cheap as $49 one-way. Initially, travelers will have to fly Southwest out of Oakland, but the airline will open additional airport routes in the subsequent months, according to Southwest’s website built specifically for its Hawaii routes.

Read more from The Dallas Morning News…

Texas Troopers Ramp Up Enforcement Against Passing Stopped Police Cars

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The Texas Highway Patrol is increasing enforcement of a state law about passing stopped police cars and other special vehicles. (Photo: Texas Department of Public Safety)

Texas Troopers are increasing enforcement of a state law about passing stopped police cars and other special vehicles in Harris and other counties.

The law, commonly known as Move Over/Slow Down, was passed in 2003 and the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) periodically focuses on its enforcement in different parts of the state.

The law requires motorists to move over or slow down when certain vehicles – including police, fire, EMS, Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks – are stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated.

Specifically, the law states that a driver must vacate the lane closest to the applicable vehicles stopped on the side of the road if the roadway has multiple lanes traveling in the same direction.

The other option is to slow down to 20 mph below the speed limit. If the speed limit is below 25 mph, the driver must slow down to 5 mph.

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Grapevine to seek input on updated master thoroughfare plan

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GCS-master-thoroughfareGrapevine City Council unanimously agreed to table an update to the city’s master thoroughfare plan Feb. 5. Public Works Director Bryan Beck said at a Jan. 15 presentation to the council that the plan helps preserve the necessary right of way for future projects. The plan also identifies a network of roadways and dictates appropriate spacing, connectivity and cross sections throughout the city.

The city’s original master thoroughfare plan was adopted in 1968, according to meeting documents.

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North Central Texas Council of Governments seeks input about transportation issues

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Input from residents, local governments and private sector impacts decisions about transportation and air quality policies, programs and plans for North Texas. After all, these decisions determine how North Texans live and travel in the 12-county Dallas-Fort Worth region.

Input received is provided to the Regional Transportation Council. Comments or questions may be submitted on the specific items listed or other transportation and air quality topics.

Contact Us or Submit Comments and Questions
Email: transinfo@nctcog.org
Phone: (817) 608-2365
Fax: (817) 640-3028
Mail: P.O. Box 5888, Arlington, Texas 76005

December Public Input: December 10 – January 8

For more information, click HERE.

Southlake City Council approves contracts for street improvement and construction projects

 

trafficSouthlake City Council unanimously approved Dec. 4 three contracts providing for construction and engineering work for SH 114 frontage roads, the FM 1938 and Continental Boulevard intersection, and the Peytonville Avenue and Continental intersection.

SH 114 Frontage Roads:

City Council approved a $3 million local project advance funding agreement with Texas Department of Transportation for the construction of eastbound and westbound frontage roads along SH 114 between Dove Road and Kirkwood Boulevard.

The project will improve mobility as development grows in the surrounding area, according to the meeting agenda packet. Funding for this agreement was allocated as part of the current and previous year capital improvement program budgets.

Read more from Community Impact…

TEXRail Officially Begins Service In Grapevine on Jan 5, 2019

Trinity-Metro-Logo__Vertical-WebIt’s Time to Train! We are so proud to be a part of Trinity Metro’s TEXRail project. This integral light rail system not only makes transportation a cinch, it also connects our communities. TEXRail is a new 27-mile commuter rail line that will extend from downtown Fort Worth, across northeast Tarrant County, through North Richland Hills and Grapevine, and into DFW International Airport’s Terminal B.

This line, which will begin service on January 5, 2019, is projected to serve more than 8,000 daily riders at nine stations by the end of the first year of operation. By 2035, nearly 14,000 riders are projected to ride the system. As a courtesy extended by Trinity Metro, everyone may ride the TEXRail route at no charge during the first two-weeks of operation.

Visit RideTrinityMetro.org/TEXRail to learn more about this impactful project. View schedules at RideTrinityMetro.org/TEXRail/Schedules/.

North Texas gasoline prices drop in time for Thanksgiving travel

By: FOX4News.com Staff

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Just days before the Thanksgiving travel season, North Texans are enjoying some of the lowest gas prices in a while.

The state average is currently $2.37 a gallon for regular unleaded, seven cents lower than last week. Drivers in the Dallas area will pay even less at $2.27 per gallon and $2.26 in Fort Worth.

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[Editor’s Update: We have seen gas prices well below $2.00/gallon since Thanksgiving. The lowest we have seen is at QuikTrip]

Grapevine moves forward with I-635/SH 121 interchange project, restricts parking on 2 streets in downtown Grapevine

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A new SH 121 interchange at FM 2499 will be constructed as part of the upcoming $370 million DFW Connector project. (Photo by Brian Pardue/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Grapevine City Council met briefly Oct. 2 to approve a contract with NorthGate Constructors to relocate utilities for an upcoming transportation project and to restrict parking along two streets in downtown Grapevine.

With the expectation that SH 121 traffic near Grapevine Mills will nearly double by 2025, work began this summer to relieve bottlenecks that commonly occur along a three-mile strip of the roadway.

The $370 million Texas Department of Transportation project includes rebuilding and widening SH 121 north of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to accommodate new interchanges at I-635 and FM 2499.

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North White Chapel Boulevard bridge in Southlake to remain closed until further notice; sustained severe damage from storm

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The bridge at North White Chapel Boulevard and Kirkwood Branch in Southlake is still closed after it sustained severe damage from heavy rains the weekend of Sept. 21-23.

To make repairs and reopen the structure would cost $200,000-$400,000, and the project could last two to four months, Public Works Director Robert Cohen said. Staff has not determined an accurate cost to replace the bridge altogether; however, a rough estimate projects it could total $10 million.

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Northbound SH 121 frontage road at Bass Pro Drive to fully close this weekend in Grapevine

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At 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5 the northbound SH 121 frontage road at Bass Pro Drive will shut down for utility work as crews continue construction on the I-635/SH 121 interchange expansion. The road will remain closed until 6 a.m. Monday, Oct. 8.

The $370 million Texas Department of Transportation project includes rebuilding and widening SH 121 north of the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport to accommodate new interchanges for SH 121 at I-635 and FM 2499.

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This map shows the detour suggested for the closure of northbound SH 121 frontage road at Bass Pro Drive. (Courtesy DFW Connector)