Description: The Texas State Department of Highways and Public Transportation (TSDHPT) was responsible for the building and maintenance of Texas roads and highways and for developing public mass transportation in state from 1975 to 1991. The agency was formed in 1975 when the Texas legislature merged the Texas Highway Department and the Texas Mass Transportation Commission into this single agency. The films in this series produced by the Travel and Information Division of TSDHPT and the Texas Highway Department promote public transportation, including Texas Public Transportation: A New Day, which was available from the division's film lending library and shows "how public transportation provides a practical complement to private vehicles in an age of crowded freeways, air pollution and threatened energy crises." These records consist of four film projects, dating 1970, 1977-1978 and are comprised of 16mm motion pictures and motion picture components, including work prints, camera original footage, negatives, and internegatives as well as magnetic and optical sound tracks. Also included are duplicate prints for the film projects Texas Public Transportation: A New Day and Transportation - America's Lifeline.(Source: "Highway Department Has New Transportation Film," in the Kerrville Mountain Sun, December 28, 1978, accessed November 28, 2017, through the Access Newspaper Archive.)
Citation information: (Identify the item), Transportation type films, State Department of Highways and Public Transportation Travel and Information Division films and audiotapes. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.
Arrangement: These records are arranged by film project and then by reel number within each project.
Copyright information: Most records created by Texas state agencies are not copyrighted. State records also include materials received by, not created by, state agencies. Copyright remains with the creator. The researcher is responsible for complying with U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17 U.S.C.).
Access restrictions: To view the films or listen to the sound tracks not currently available through the Texas Digital Archive, please contact State Archives staff. Researcher access to 16mm film and audio is dependent upon first arranging to transfer that outdated media to more contemporary media, at the researcher's expense.
Size or duration: 1.37 cubic ft. (20 motion picture components and 5 motion pictures)