A federal judge on Friday extended by two weeks a temporary restraining order blocking an executive order by Gov. Greg Abbott that barred the ground transportation of migrants — and ordered state troopers to pull over any vehicle suspected of doing so.
U.S. District Judge Kathleen Cardone granted a request by the Justice Department for a temporary restraining order earlier this month. On Friday, she extended the order until Aug. 27.
TEXAS GOV. ABBOTT FIRES BACK AFTER FEDERAL JUDGE BLOCKS EXECUTIVE ORDER ON MIGRANT VEHICLES
Abbott had issued the order amid an increase in migrant apprehensions at the border and concerns that the transportation of migrants through Texas could lead to further spread of COVID-19 in the Lone Star state.
“The dramatic rise in unlawful border crossings has also led to a dramatic rise in COVID-19 cases among unlawful migrants who have made their way into our state, and we must do more to protect Texans from this virus and reduce the burden on our communities,” Abbott said in a statement.
The Justice Department sued Abbott over the order, arguing that it interferes with the federal government’s ability to handle immigration. Attorney General Merrick Garland had urged Abbott to “immediately rescind” the executive order, which he deemed “both dangerous and unlawful.”
“The Order violates federal law in numerous respects, and Texas cannot lawfully enforce the Executive Order against any federal official or private parties working with the United States,” Garland wrote in a letter to Abbott.
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The judge agreed with the DOJ’s arguments when she made her initial ruling at the beginning of the month.
“The Executive Order causes irreparable injury to the United States and to individuals the United States is charged with protecting, jeopardizing the health and safety of non-citizens in federal custody, risking the safety of federal law enforcement personnel and their families, and exacerbating the spread of COVID-19,” the judge stated.
Fox News’ David Aaro and Bradford Betz contributed to this report.
AUSTIN, TX – Despite a decrease in traffic crashes in 2020, Texas saw a dramatic rise in the number of people killed walking and biking on our roadways. Last year, 731 people died in pedestrian-related crashes, an increase of 9% from 2019. Crashes involving bicyclists claimed the lives of 82 people, up from 68 deaths the previous year. These numbers reflect an alarming trend of pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities increasing over the last five years.
Pedestrian and bicyclist deaths account for one in five of all traffic fatalities in the state. Safety officials attribute this growing concern to people’s widespread failure to follow state laws designed to protect pedestrians and bicyclists. To that end, the Texas Department of Transportation is kicking off a public awareness campaign this month that urges all Texans to walk smart, bike smart and drive smart.
“More than 800 people lost their lives last year while walking and biking on Texas roads. Even one death is too many,” said TxDOT Executive Director Marc Williams. “Whether you’re behind the wheel, on foot or riding a bicycle, we’re reminding all Texans that they need to be safe and smart, and that starts with paying attention to driving and obeying traffic laws.”
As Texans head out this summer to enjoy their favorite activities, TxDOT wants them to know the laws for safe walking, biking and driving—and to follow them. Drivers are required to take specific steps to protect pedestrians and bicyclists, who are more likely to be killed or seriously injured when involved in a crash with a motor vehicle. State laws mandate stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks, yielding the right of way to pedestrians and bicyclists when turning, and passing bicyclists at a safe distance and giving them room to ride.
Like drivers, bicyclists are required to obey all traffic signs and signals, including stopping at red lights and stop signs. State laws also dictate that those who ride bicycles must use hand signals when turning or stopping, ride with traffic, use bike lanes or ride as near as possible to the right-hand curb, and when riding at night, make sure their bikes have a white light on the front and a red light or reflector on the back.
Pedestrians must cross the street only at intersections and crosswalks, obey all traffic and crosswalk signals and always use sidewalks. If there isn’t a sidewalk, pedestrians should walk on the left side of the street or road, facing oncoming traffic.
Drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists can expect to see these safety reminders on TV, billboards, gas pumps, buses and social media, as TxDOT reminds Texans to do their part to prevent pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities.
TxDOT’s “Be Safe. Drive Smart.” campaign and pedestrian and bicycle safety initiative are key components of #EndTheStreakTX, a broader social media and word-of-mouth effort that encourages drivers to make safer choices while behind the wheel such as wearing a seat belt, driving the speed limit, never texting and driving and never driving under the
Rivian Automotive Inc., the EV startup backed by Amazon Inc. and Ford Motor Co., is in talks to invest at least $5 billion to build a factory near Fort Worth, Texas, according to a document obtained by Bloomberg News.
The factory — codenamed “Project Tera” according to the document — will be able to produce 200,000 vehicles a year, and will create at least 7,500 jobs by 2027. The presentation, made by the City of Fort Worth’s Economic Development Department to the City Council and dated Aug. 10, also includes a number of incentives including grants and county tax abatement of up to $440 million.
The $5 billion capital investment commitment from Rivian includes a minimum $2 billion in real property improvements and $1.6 billion in hard construction costs, the document shows. The company has committed to completing its initial investments by the end of 2024.
While a number of states and cities are still under consideration, the Texas site has become the front-runner for Rivian, according to people familiar with the matter. Rivian, and in particular CEO R.J. Scaringe, had previously been keen on a location in Arizona but concerns were raised around the available infrastructure, the people said, asking not to be identified discussing private information.
No final decision has been made and it could be some weeks before a deal is agreed with one of the cities or states, the people said.
Robert Sturns, the director of economic development for Fort Worth, said in an email that the city is “very excited to be a finalist for this project and looks forward to continuing the process.”
Sturns told members of the City Council during a presentation on Tuesday that several states were still under consideration by Rivian. The City of Fort Worth believes it offers a number of competitive advantages, including strong access to talent and the “ability to stand up production fast” it said in the document.
Texas, with its growing tech economy, access to ports and proximity to suppliers in Mexico. has caused some to call it the Detroit of the south. Toyota Motor Corp.’s North American headquarters are in Plano, and Elon Musk’s Tesla Inc. is building a new vehicle factory in Austin that is slated to be completed later this year.
Rivian didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
The Irvine, Calif.-based automaker is at the head of a large pool of EV startups trying to catch up with Tesla. The company has caught attention with its planned battery-electric pickup and SUV and a deal to build Amazon 100,000 electric delivery vans by the end of the decade.
It has raised more than $10.5 billion from a stellar list of investors including Ford and T. Rowe Price. The company already operates a factory in Normal, Ill., but recently delayed the start of production on its debut EV due to supply-chain disruptions.
The proposed 2,000-acre Walsh Ranch site in Texas is located 12 miles southwest of downtown Fort Worth and
Public transportation along the U.S.-Mexico border is scarce at best today, but seventy years ago there was a cheap, efficient way for people to come and go across the border that ran on electricity.
Presidents’ Conference Committee (PCC) Streetcars ran between El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua from 1950 until 1973, ferrying millions of passengers over the Rio Grande and giving them easy access to both countries.
The streetcars were actually such a good idea, that the city of El Paso brought them back in 2018, decades after shuttering the program. But it’s not quite the same, because the new fleet doesn’t run across the two countries anymore.
The PCC streetcars have a fascinating and long history, which I encourage you to look at, but one of the main takeaways was that private car ownership is one of the reasons — along with frustrated merchants — why the program shut down in the first place.
Rising rates of car ownership in the area slowly eroded the need for the PCC streetcars and they were retired in 1974. They were discarded in the Texas desert afterwards and just kind of sat there, baking beneath the Texas sun for decades while city officials tried to get their lines back up and running.
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The car renovation project got started in 2015 and three years later, in 2018, the electric streetcars were ready to carry passengers on city lines. Six of the original PCC cars were refurbished and put back into service. The modern fleet even runs on electricity that the substation produces itself, according to Sun Metro, which operates the fleet.
The cars also got some useful additions in the process, like wheelchair ramps, onboard wifi and bicycle racks. The modern streetcar lines run shorter routes than the ones in the past, though. Mostly around downtown El Paso and to the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP.)
It would be awesome to have public transportation like this between the two countries again. If you’ve ever been through a border crossing in your own car, you’ll understand what I mean. It takes hours! I’m talking three to five hours on holidays, or one to two hours on a “quick” day.
Not only would these streetcars be an incredible service for people along the border. I know I’d personally much rather sit in an air-conditioned, electric streetcar with wifi than in my car. I can’t believe infrastructure on the border peaked over half a century ago, but it did.
Dashcam video from Texas law enforcement shows about a dozen migrants pouring out of a smuggler’s car after a pursuit by state troopers, one of a number of examples of law enforcement encountering vehicles packed with those entering the country illegally.
The dashcam footage from the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) shows a state trooper chasing after a human smuggler in Del Rio.
GOVS. DESANTIS AND ABBOTT, IN BORDER VISIT, WARN MIGRANT CRISIS RIPPLES EFFECT ON OTHER STATES
The smuggler ditches the car on the side of the highway, and illegal immigrants pour out of the car and flee. The trooper focused on apprehending the driver and caught him, while some of the passengers escaped.
Fox News obtained video of another driver ditching his car with and other illegal immigrants also fleeing; law enforcement says they were all caught.
Gov. Greg Abbott launched Operation Lone Star earlier this year to combat the wave of illegal immigration and drugs coming through the border. The operation integrates law enforcement and deploys them to high-threat areas to combat smugglers moving drugs and people into the state.
Texas DPS told Fox News their troopers have been involved in 473 pursuits since the start of Operation Lone Star as of July 15.
TEXAS GOV. ABBOTT SLAMS FEDS FOR ‘COMPLETE ABANDONMENT’ OF BORDER LAWS AMID ‘UNPRECEDENTED’ MIGRANT SURGE
It is one of a number of efforts to stem the impact of the crisis at the border by Texas, including committing a $250 million down payment on a new wall construction project after the Biden administration abruptly ended the project in January.
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Additionally, the state has cleared out jails to hold more illegal immigrants and made efforts to arrest those coming in illegally. Both Abbott and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey had issued a call for help from other states, asking them to send manpower and law enforcement to help at the border.
“The bottom line is that, because of the current administration’s complete abandonment of enforcing the laws passed by the United States Congress concerning immigration, there is an unprecedented increase of people coming across border, and the federal government has left it to the state of Texas and its counties to pick up the load of responding to the unprecedented amount of people coming into the country,” Abbott said earlier this month.
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Abbott said on Saturday that Operation Lone Star had resulted in the apprehension of 50,000 illegal aliens, 2,000 criminal illegal immigrants, and disrupted 40 stash houses.
On this coming Monday, April 20, the Transportation Policy Board at the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will consider cutting already-approved projects, including some active transportation projects, to divert $600 million to rebuild I-35 in Central…
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Biking is more essential than ever. We also want to share that we’ve officially postponed Bike to Work Day until the fall, but May is still Bike Month and we’ll be offering some fun ways to engage those of you who still want to celebrate all things cycling.
Museum to be closed due to COVID-19 until further notice
TTM loves our visitors. We consider you partners in helping to keep San Antonio’s rich transportation heritage alive in South Texas. At the same time, all the experts say that the best way to end COVID-19 is to deny it the opportunity to spread. So, in keeping with this advice, TTM will be closed until it is safe for everyone to be able to be together again. We look forward to seeing y’all soon.
Cab rides in our diesel-electric locomtives
TTM is delighted to announce that we are now offering cab rides in our diesel-electric locomotives during our regularly scheduled passenger services. The maximum number of passengers that can ride in the cab at any one time is two. There is a small additional fee of $5 per person.
Here’s a link for more details: Cab Rides at TTM
Track improvement donation request
The tracks at the Texas Transportation Museum in San Antonio may not be as long as others but they are just as wide and just as hard to maintain, especially in August. Summer 2019 has seen a lot of both volunteer and professional work being done on our existing lines even as we put together a plan to about double their length. If you would like to make a donation – large or small – towards these efforts, here is a link that makes it super easy. You can click on the “Make a Donation” tab and get it taken care of in seconds – no hours under the broiling sun for you – or you can mail us a check at the address provided. Or make a donation in person – plastic or paper – at TTM the next time you are there.
TTM is a registered 501(c)(3) charity.
Here’s the link: Longhorn & Western Track Extension Donations
Next steam powered train ride day – to be announced
The next date for scheduled steam powered train rides at TTM will be announced as soon as the COVID-19 restrictions on the museum being open are lifted. #1, our 1925 Baldwin 0-4-0 steam locomotive will operate on a demand basis between around 10 AM to 1 PM. (with steam, all times are approximate.) No additional charge for admission. Our antique diesel electric locomotives will power the other scheduled train rides on this day. Come early to see steam being raised and a whole bunch of fun switching operations. The museum opens at 9 AM.
National holiday closure policy
The museum is open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday except Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years Day. The museum may be closed on additional days before and after each of these holidays.
Bad weather closure policy
During severe weather events, the museum may delay opening, close early or close entirely. Please call us at (210) 490-3554 to confirm. While we will always try to post such closures on this web site and on our Facebook