Category Archives: Travel

Transit agency board of directors votes to remove Coit, Preston Road rail stations from future Cotton Belt line

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DSC02136-1-2The DART board of directors voted Tuesday to amend the Cotton Belt service plan to delete two stations, one which was planned to be constructed on Coit Road and another on Preston Road.

Dallas City Council members have pushed in recent months for the removal of the stations, which would have fallen within Dallas city limits.

“Dallas does not want a station [at Coit],” Dallas City Council Member Sandy Greyson said at a March 27 DART board meeting. “So why is it on your plan? Apparently because Plano and Richardson want a station on Coit. But Dallas doesn’t tell Plano or Richardson where to put stations in their cities, and we would expect the same courtesy in return.”

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DPS Increases Traffic Enforcement for Labor Day Holiday

NEWS RELEASE

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will be joining law enforcement efforts from across the state to increase traffic enforcement during the Labor Day holiday weekend. From Friday, Aug. 31, through Monday, Sept. 3, DPS Troopers will be looking for drivers who violate traffic laws, including impaired drivers, speeders and safety belt violators.

“DPS is committed to protecting travelers on our roadways, and Troopers will be working around-the-clock this Labor Day weekend to keep impaired and dangerous drivers off the road,” said DPS Director Steven McCraw. “We are urging all drivers to do their part to keep our roads safe by simply obeying Texas traffic laws and driving courteously.”

DPS offers drivers the following tips for enhancing safety on our roads during the Labor Day holiday:

  • Do not drink and drive. Make alternate travel plans if you are consuming alcohol.
  • Slow down – especially in bad weather, construction areas, heavy traffic and unfamiliar areas.
  • Eliminate distractions while driving, including the use of mobile devices. Texas law prohibits using a portable wireless device to read, write or send an electronic message unless the vehicle is stopped.
  • Buckle up everyone in the vehicle – it’s the law.
  • Slow down or move over for police, fire, EMS and Texas Department of Transportation vehicles and tow trucks stopped on the side of the road with emergency lights activated – it’s the law. Also, show the same courtesy to fellow drivers stopped along the road.
  • Drive defensively, as holiday travel may present additional challenges.
  • Don’t drive fatigued – allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
  • If you see a road hazard or if you observe anything suspicious, report it to the nearest law enforcement agency.
  • Before your trip begins, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and always double check to make sure all cargo is secure.
  • Monitor weather and road conditions wherever you are traveling. For road conditions/closings in Texas, visit https://drivetexas.org.

As part of Operation CARE (Crash Awareness and Reduction Effort), police agencies across the country will also increase enforcement efforts over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Southwest Airlines to allow miniature horses as service animals in new policy

By: FOX 10 Staff

Southwest Airlines Finds Five Planes In Its 737 Fleet In Need Of Repair

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) — Come September 17, people will be able to carry miniature horses onboard Southwest flights as trained service animals, according to airline officials.

Officials announced the policy change, via a statement on its website on Tuesday. In the statement, officials name miniature horses, along with dogs and cats, as some of the most common service animals that will be accepted onboard. Passengers, however, will need to be able to provide credible verbal assurance that the animal is a trained service animal

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UPDATED: Army Corps of Engineers: Fairway Drive closed for the rest of the year due to a slide at Grapevine Lake Dam

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Beginning Aug. 13, Fairway Drive will be closed to public traffic for the remainder of the year, according to Flower Mound officials. Only authorized persons and vehicles will have access to accomplish Army Corps of Engineers missions.

The Corps is in the initial process of repairing a shallow slide at Grapevine Lake Dam. As a part of this forthcoming repair, the Corps had intended to close the road during the construction phase only.

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US 380 construction wraps up this year; construction starts again in May 2021

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US 380, which has been under construction since 2014, will wrap up construction on the second phase in December.

The second phase includes overpasses, making the road less congested and allowing drivers to spend less time in traffic, Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson Ryan Lafontaine said.

The third phase is still in the design phase, but construction is estimated to begin in 2021.

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‘We’ve heard many of you didn’t know’: TxDOT says left lane is for passing only

Author: Rebecca Flores

TEXAS — Texas Department of Transportation has a public service announcement for drivers who like to hang out in the left lane.

Most drivers think of the left lane as the “fast lane,” and speed along the highway until they meet their destination. However, TxDOT is taking the time to remind drivers that that’s not how the left lane works.

“We’ve heard many of you didn’t know: The left lane on a divided highway is a PASSING lane,” the department said in a tweet Aug. 2.

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No More Peanuts on Southwest Flights

peanutsPeanuts often come to mind as the quintessential airplane snack. But no more, Southwest Airlines announced.

The Dallas-based airline is ending the tradition on all flights beginning August 1, citing the need to keep passengers with peanut allergies safe.

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Dallas to Austin in 19 Minutes? Hyperloop Seen as Viable

Screen Shot 2018-07-12 at 9.30.45 PMLocal officials are studying a new transportation system that could create the fastest ground travel method in the state. Imagine riding from Dallas to Austin in 19 minutes.

A regional government body that represents the interests of dozens of cities in North Texas will announce its plan Wednesday to conduct an environmental impact study of the proposed Texas Hyperloop One project.

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Full lane closure scheduled at Brumlow Avenue, July 6-21

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Beginning Friday, July 6, Brumlow Avenue in Southlake is planned to be fully closed to traffic.

TexRail’s construction team will be implementing a full lane closure for the construction and installation of a rail crossing, and utility and paving improvements near the intersection of Hwy. 26.

The road is expected to remain closed through July 21 due to the construction.

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Grapevine traffic and closures notice for July 4 activities

36478216_2013783405299809_6139097086055940096_oAs you plan your trip to see the 36th Annual July 4th Fireworks show over Lake Grapevine, we want to alert you to some of the details regarding park closures and traffic information. Before the show begins at 9:30pm, the following areas will close:

  • Fairway Drive – between SH-26 and Lakeside Village Blvd in Flower Mound will be closed from 9pm, through the fireworks show, and until all vehicles have exited the park
  • Entrances to Oak Grove Park – closed when full or by 9pm
  • Entrances to all other parks – closed when full or 9:15

Once the fireworks show is over, all traffic will be directed out of the parks. Drivers will not be allowed to drive into park areas. Motorists will also have to follow specific traffic patterns after the event which will be marked with cones.

Click on the link below to see more on the best viewing locations, rules for the event, and where to download music to go along with the show: https://www.grapevinetexasusa.com/ev…/july-fourth-fireworks/.

Have a Happy and Safe 4th of July!