Highways are at the heart of the Texas economy—and no law firm has more experience with this infrastructure than Locke Lord. Our lawyers drafted enabling legislation for the first public toll authority in Texas, and we have been involved in legislation governing transportation funding and toll road operations for decades. Locke Lord's in-depth knowledge and unique understanding of transportation issues is unbeatable.
Locke Lord's transportation lawyers are established national leaders in providing competent, high value transportation counsel to governmental entities and private businesses. We have represented most of the toll authorities in Texas and currently serve as general counsel to several including the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA), the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority, and the North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority. Our Firm is consistently hired by new toll road authorities because of our vast experience and competence in this arena.
Our dynamic and progressive transportation practice runs the gamut – from advising start-up entities on basic issues and legal requirements (such as open meetings and Public Information Act compliance, development of operating policies and access to start-up funding) to assisting long-established transportation providers on structuring creative public/private partnerships with design/build consortia and structuring pass-through financing for non-tolled projects.
We give advice on all phases of project development, financing, construction and operation. Our lawyers work closely with Locke Lord's environmental, public finance, litigation and public law lawyers to offer innovative approaches to transportation issues. We have helped our clients operate under intense public scrutiny and heated political and public debate over toll road funding in Texas.
From securing the right of way (through litigation if necessary) and financing for a transportation project, through construction and operation, to providing counsel to carriers on operation and hazardous material transport, Locke Lord lawyers know the transportation industry. We are active members of the International Bridge Tunnel & Turnpike Association and local transportation advocacy groups throughout the state, and are frequent lecturers on transportation topics.