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What information is available from the Texas Department of Transportation?

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The Texas Department of Transportation is the state's central repository for anything related to state roads, including construction, maintenance, driving laws and regulations, policies, and studies and statistics. Additionally, the Texas DOT has relationships with businesses that provide many of the construction and maintenance services mentioned previously. These companies also consult for the state and support operations. The department oversees public transportation, aviation and rail transportation. Information on all of these functions is available online at txdot.gov.

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TxDOT traces its roots to the Texas Highway Department, which was created by the state legislature in 1971. The department's sole focus was on the construction and maintenance of federal and state highways. In 1975, the department merged with the Texas Mass Transportation Commission to form the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation, extending its responsibilities to public transportation operations. In 1991, the state consolidated this new department with both the Department of Aviation and the Texas Motor Vehicle Commission to create TxDOT. In 2009, the Motor Vehicle Commission was removed from TxDOT.

As of 2015, TxDOT is organized into four regions and 25 districts. Each district is managed by a district engineer who is responsible for the design, location, construction and maintenance of that district's transportation systems. Additionally, TxDOT has 21 topical divisions that focus exclusively on services such as Bridges, Procurement, Toll Operations, Travel Information and Public Transportation.

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