I-35 panel recommends more Texas rail projects

January 28, 2011 5:10:42 AM PST
A report on how Texas could improve the Interstate 35 corridor recommends passenger rail projects to shift travelers from congested roads. The report, released Thursday to the Texas Transportation Commission, says many of the recommendations would involve expanding I-35 or nearby existing highways.

The so-called My 35 Plan recommends more managed lanes, plus real-time traffic information systems that alert drivers to delays and provide alternate routes.

The citizen-led Interstate 35 Corridor Advisory Committee recommends redesignating and renaming parts of I-35 in Central Texas to divert traffic away from metropolitan areas.

The report, which says legislative action may be needed, says many of the recommended projects "were needed yesterday."