Dug Begley

Business, Logistics, TCA

Union Pacific Starts Work on $550 Million Rail Yard in Texas

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Union Pacific Railroad announced Jan. 25 the company started construction this month on a major rail yard near Hearne, Texas, a $550 million project that’s the largest in the railroad’s 103-year history.

Dug Begley | Houston Chronicle
January 25, 2018
Government, Business

Texas Officials Drafting Wish List for Potential Infrastructure Funding Windfall

Texas A&M Transportation Institute

Steve Costello — Houston's chief resilience officer, aka "flood czar" — needed less than a second to answer how to spend a $1 trillion investment in infrastructure for America.

Dug Begley | Houston Chronicle
February 3, 2017
Business, Technology

Houston Port Shuttle Hailed as Potential Freight-Handling Breakthrough

Texas A&M Transportation Institute

A futuristic freight-hauling shuttle that can move massive cargo containers from one major shipping terminal to another at up to 70 miles per hour without using a drop of diesel or stopping at a single traffic light is set to get its real-world debut at the Port of Houston.

Dug Begley | Houston Chronicle
September 12, 2016
Government, Business

Texas Mulls Cost, Public Request to Drop Highway Tolls

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Texas could rid itself of toll roads — but at a steep price, according to the latest estimates by transportation officials.

Dug Begley | Houston Chronicle
August 31, 2016
Business

Texas’ Port Freeport Stakes Its Claim on Cargo Boom

Port Freeport

The idea of Port Freeport — 60 miles due south of downtown Houston on a marshy stretch of Texas Gulf Coast — as a titan of foreign trade might sound bananas.

Dug Begley | Houston Chronicle
May 10, 2016
Government, Business

Traffic Deaths Jump by Most Since 1966, Safety Group Says

Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Traffic fatalities increased in 2015 by an amount not seen in 50 years, alarming road safety advocates. The trend in Texas, which has the deadliest highways in the country, remained largely unchanged.

Dug Begley | Houston Chronicle
February 18, 2016
Government, Business

Texas State Funds to Target Three Houston Freeway Trouble Spots

With Houston choking on traffic congestion, an infusion of $447 million in state funds promises relief sooner than expected at three notorious freeway bottlenecks.

Dug Begley | Houston Chronicle
January 28, 2016