Hell Is I-35 This Weekend

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Google Maps and the Federal Government of the United States
Don't drive on I-35W this weekend, don't drive near I-35W -- just don't do it, promise?
If you had planned to drive anywhere near Interstate 35W in Fort Worth and Denton County this weekend, we and the Texas Department of Transportation have one request: Don't. Really. Please, just don't.

You may have seen some of the warning signs flashing from Waco to Denton County, telling drivers about the impending horrors of I-35 traffic this weekend. I-35W just north of Fort Worth will be completely shut down, both ways, from around 9 this evening until Monday morning.

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Uber and Lyft Are Being Sued in Texas for Discriminating against Disabled People

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Marcel Oosterwijk via Flickr
The regulations the Dallas City Council might eventually maybe get around to putting on Uber, Lyft, and the like could include a provision requiring a certain portion of their fleets to be handicapped-accessible. But there are already laws in place requiring transportation providers to accommodate passengers with disabilities: the federal Americans with Disabilities Act and, on the state level, chapter 121 of the Texas Human Resources Code.

"Really, [Uber and Lyft] are similar to any other entity: You have to provide equivalent services to people with disabilities that you provide to people who don't, and you have to reasonably accommodate people with disabilities," says Wayne Krause Yang, legal director of the Texas Civil Rights Project.

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Tearing Down I-345 Idea Is Starting to Get Interest From Important Rich People

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We know the real estate industry is doing well in North Texas because we keep getting stuck in traffic at huge construction sites. If you have an idea for a weird new thing you'd like to be built in Dallas, local Realtors are a good, powerful group to get on your side.

Ten years ago, few people could have predicted that Dallas would one day have a big park on top of the freeway. Then, in 2004, a trade group called the The Real Estate Council put down a $1 million grant to fund a study looking into the feasibility of such a park. This caught the attention of a few other rich business people, and now we have Klyde Warren Park.

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DART Zips to DFW Airport Just in Time To Attract Other, Better National Conventions

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DART
The DART orange line will be stretching to DFW airport, with services beginning August 18.

OK, so we're a day too late on this latest effort to bolster local tourism. DART announced today that the highly anticipated DFW station would be opening four months ahead of schedule.

With an originally scheduled opening in December, the date has been pushed up to August 18. Oh, and construction costs have come in under budget. We'll pause here for you to recover from your shock.

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First DFW Tollway Became Toll-Free After Debt Was Paid Off. Why Not the Others?

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J. P. Fagerback
Dallas North Tollway: Once upon a time, it was thought that this road would one day be free. Ha.

If you've been trolling Reddit anytime in the last week, you may have seen this article from June 2, 1968, in which Jack Davis, an engineer and manager for the Texas Turnpike Authority, was quoted in The Dallas Morning News. He spoke about the fledgling Dallas North Tollway project, just two years old, and its impermanence as a tollway:

"When revenue bonds for a project are finally paid off, however, the facility reverts to the state as part of its highway system, to be used free."

This little gem of a quote has all but remained buried for the last few decades. Recently, though, the online community of Dallasites has become enraged at what seems to be an unfulfilled promise.

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Dallas-Area Officials Hoping to Lure Tesla's Gigafactory to Dallas

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Tesla
The conventional wisdom at the moment is that when Tesla Motors gets around to announcing details of its highly coveted, $5 billion battery gigafactory -- the type of economic development that gives red-state governors with ill-concealed presidential aspirations wet dreams -- it will land in one of two places: Reno or San Antonio. Or maybe both.

Dallas has never really been in the conversation, not publicly anyway, at least not until this week when the North Central Texas Council of Governments posted its agenda for Thursday's meeting of the Regional Transportation Council. There, buried in a PDF labeled "correspondence," was a letter from NCTCOG transportation director Michael Morris to Dallas County development chief Rick Loessberg.

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Congratulations, Texas, You've Killed the Dr Pepper License Plate

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The Dallas Morning Newsbroke the news over the weekend that the state of Texas is planning to kill off its least popular specialty license plates, and we couldn't be more thrilled. Not because we take perverse pleasure in the notion that Highland Park ISD could only find 66 drivers to pay $30 per year, roughly 0.03 percent the value of one of their kids' Porsches, to stick a "Go Scots" on their bumper. We are happy because government works best when it's contracted out to a third party and run on free market principles.

Only the strong survive in Texas, and, hate to break it to you State of Texas Alliance for Recycling, you are not among them. Kapow. That's the invisible hand swatting you away.

We were, however, dismayed to notice that Dr Pepper is also on the chopping block.

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TxDOT Believes This 700-Pound Smashed Smartphone Will Make You a Safer Driver

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Jeff Salzgeber -- TxDOT
This is your phone on drugs.

The Texas Department of Transportation really, like seriously this time, thinks it's time for you to stop using your phone while you drive. They would also like all of us to stop eating, grooming and reading -- although presumably not road signs -- while operating our various means of conveyance.

They -- and Derek Holland and Oprah and yes, even noted lover of safe behavior Justin Bieber -- have been telling all of us this for a while, but, according to statistics released by the agency, we haven't been getting the message. So this summer, the agency is bringing props.

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TxDOT Proposing Converting More HOV Lanes to Toll Lanes, This Time on 75

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Federal Highway Administration

In a presentation to the Plano City Council Monday night, the Texas Department of Transportation outlined its plan to convert HOV lanes on U.S. 75 between Lyndon B. Johnson Freeway in Dallas and McDermott Drive in Allen to mixed-use toll lanes.

The plan would allow single-occupant vehicles access to HOV lanes by paying a toll. Drivers hoping to use the lanes for free by bringing passengers along would have to register their trip online at least 15 minutes before departure.

Initially the lanes would be called Express/HOV lanes. Single-occupant cars could pay one rate, no matter the time of day, to use the otherwise HOV lane.

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NorthPark Getting a Tesla Gallery Even Though the Company Can't Sell Cars Here

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Steve Jurvetson
You can look, you can even touch, just don't ask about price or even think about trying to buy one.
An attempt to change state rules that require cars to be sold from dealerships was buried in a flood of Texas Automobile Dealers Association cash, but that's not stopping Tesla from opening its third Texas gallery today, this one at NorthPark Center.

Visitors to the section of the mall between Dillard's and Macy's will be able to chat with Tesla representatives, check out a Model S and see a stripped-down version of the car that exposes its electric powertrain, Tesla spokeswoman Alexis Georgeson said.

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