Transportation

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 07:25:00

Legislators float tax increase for highways

It was encouraging to read a report from Michael Wickline in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette this morning that some legislators — Republicans even — were talking sense on highway finance. A tax increase is necessary.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 10:11:00

The Fennell plan to convert I-30: hear about it tonight

To help the unimaginative highway engineers at AHTD — who can blame them? Highways, not liveable cities, are their business — architect Tom Fennell has created "Convertible Plan B," a plan that leaves I-30 in place but brings it to grade level at Second Street and creates bridges to cross the interstate at Third and Fifth streets to connect east to west. Existing bridges at Sixth and Ninth could be decked for a park. The entire scenario is on the jump.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 13:53:00

Crossing I-30: Fennell to present interim boulevard plan

Tom Fennell, the architect who proposed that the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department and the city of Little Rock consider working toward converting Interstate 30 downtown to a boulevard, is working on a design to help the road agency better envision the plan, which it shot down last week in its efforts to show that only a 10-lane I-30 will answer Little Rock's traffic needs.

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Tuesday, January 19, 2016 - 17:36:00

Governor: Use state budget surplus to patch highway shortfalls

Earlier, Max outlined Gov. Asa Hutchinson's long-awaited plan for highway funding. I was at the press conference, so I'll add a few more details.

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Thursday, October 15, 2015

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 17:23:00

Highway widening prediction: $4 billion will be needed in future

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's Connecting Arkansas Program manager Jerry Holder, who is director of Garver Engineers, reviewed the work done so far on the highway department's $500 million plan to widen Interstate 30 to 10 lanes for Metroplan's Regional Planning Advisory Council today, and this is what the council heard from Metroplan: Their analysis shows that to prevent bottlenecks caused by the flow of cars through the expanded I-30 on other portions of interstates in Central Arkansas, those freeways will have to be widened to eight lanes, at a cost of $4 billion.

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Monday, October 12, 2015

Monday, October 12, 2015 - 15:35:00

I-30 widening could end River Rail transport east of interstate

The Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department's plan to widen Interstate 30 from I-530 to U.S. Hwy. 67 would sever River Rail service to Heifer International, the Clinton library and all points east, Jarod Varner, executive director of Rock Region METRO (formerly Central Arkansas Transit) said today.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015 - 07:10:00

Highway contractors' latest raid on general revenue UPDATE

Can Gov. Asa Hutchinson beat back the highway lobby's bid to poach general revenue for road construction? He lost a round yesterday.

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday, July 14, 2014 - 11:08:18

Competition for taxis: Does a court test lie ahead in Little Rock as in Texas?

Can Uber and Lyft find a way to provide ride-sharing in New York and San Francisco, but not backwaters like Little Rock. If City Director Joan Adcock has anything to do with it, the answer for Little Rock is no.

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Monday, July 14, 2014 - 10:55:00

Speaking of transportation: How about a Conway-LR express bus service?

Metroplan has released its study on starting an express bus service at peak hours between Conway and Little Rock.

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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - 07:41:00

LR Airport's expansion plans look sketchy with decline in traffic and flights

The long-expected news that Southwest Airlines would trim flights at Little Rock's Clinton National Airport with expiration of the law limiting its flights in and out of Dallas suggests that the Airport's 2020 Vision Plan, including a second phase with a new 16-gate concourse on top of the just completed $67 million expansion, might be a bit optimistic.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 05:28:00

Bicyclists plan 'Ride of Silence' Wednesday

Local bicyclists have asked me to spread word about the annual Ride of Silence, a national event that will be observed in Little Rock at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 21.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 - 06:37:00

Central Arkansas Transit moves to gas

After years of wrangling, the Central Arkansas Transit Authority yesterday made a decision to invest in natural gas-powered buses.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 - 13:23:00

Highway Department answer to road woes: More money

Legislators called Arkansas Highway Director Scott Bennett before the Joint Transportation Committee today to demand an explanation for what they perceived as a poor response to winter weather that left thousands stranded on east Arkansas interstates last week. Simple: Money.

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 20:49:00

Answers sought on Arkansas Highway Department response to winter weather

The Arkansas Highway Transportation Department is getting, or will get, a shellacking for snarls on roadways in the recent ice storms. The governor wants answers and a joint legislative committee also has been asked to investigate.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 09:18:00

FAA to loosen rules on use of electronic devices on airplanes

The FAA says it will loosen rules on use of electronic devices on airplanes (not cell phones) and expects most airlines will eventually allow their use during flight, gate to gate and not just at altitudes above 10,000 feet.

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Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 09:12:00

CATA studying free Wi-Fi on buses

I applaud this. And it reminds me of my No. 1 recommendation for use of the $22 million the city has promised for a tech park of some as yet undefined shape in some undefined location.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Monday, October 28, 2013 - 17:33:00

Clinton Airport responds to low rating in magazine poll

I mentioned yesterday the blow struck by Travel and Leisure magazine in rating Clinton National Airport in Little Rock as the worst in the country.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 12:31:00

Metroplan to study express bus for Conway-Little Rock commute

Go to the jump for details of a Metroplan study on beginning a scheduled express bus service between Conway and Little Rock or North Little Rock.

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Monday, September 16, 2013 - 13:06:00

Map pinpoints deficient Arkansas bridges

Perhaps you've seen news coverage today on Arkansas's deficient highway bridges, a figure taken from federal Highway Administration files.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 13:35:03

Buddy's Broadway Bridge takes shape

The state Highway Commission yesterday signed off on County Judge Buddy Villines' plan to dress up a replacement Broadway Bridge with flags, painted walks and installations honoring veterans.

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