Monday, August 08, 2005

Annual Texas Transportation Summit held in Irving

Transportation summit's destination is unknown

Patrick Driscoll, Staff Writer
San Antonio Express-News

The Texas Transportation Summit in Irving this week will celebrate the nation's first highway bill, signed in 1956, and dissect Congress' latest transportation bill while forging ahead into an uncertain future.

More than 1,100 government and industry officials from more than 35 states are expected to converge Tuesday through Friday in an effort to untangle issues such as funding, technology, safety and efficiency. No one knows how it will turn out.

"I'm going to be at the summit to find out," said David Dean of Dean International, which helped organize the event. "The character of this will take on a dimension of its own, and everyone will have a chance to influence that."

Vic Boyer of the San Antonio Mobility Coalition said he'll keep his eyes peeled for information on toll roads, ideas to index the gas tax to inflation and to let voters raise gas taxes at local levels, and the $286 billion transportation bill that Congress passed less than two weeks ago.

"Learning from others is always important," he said.

Topics will include highways, airports, seaports, railways, public transit, intelligent transportation systems and funding.

About 150 speakers are scheduled to appear, including key officials from state and federal agencies and more than a dozen members of Congress. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, is one of the keynote speakers.

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