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Lawmaker files bill to repeal Texas Corridor
The Temple Daily Telegram ^ | November 14, 2008 | Fred Afflerbach

Posted on 11/15/2008 5:23:53 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

A San Antonio lawmaker filed a bill that would repeal the establishment and operation of the Trans-Texas Corridor. It’s not the first time he’s done so.

In the 2007 legislative session, Rep. David Leibowitz filed an identical bill, but it languished in the House Transportation Committee without a hearing.

Leibowitz spokesman Rob Borja said the legislation may have a better fate the second time around. At least four of the nine committee members will change this session, including the chairman.

“Probably most important is there will be a new chairman, because the old chairman Mike Krusee wouldn’t let any bills that were sort of anti-toll road or anti-Trans-Texas Corridor even get a hearing,” Borja said.

If signed into law, H.B. 11 would make the corridor a non-entity, taking it off the state statute, Borja said.

Leibowitz, a harsh critic of the TTC, filed the bill Monday, the first day lawmakers could file legislation for the 2009 session, which begins Jan. 13.

Ralph Sheffield, newly elected state representative for District 55 which includes most of Bell County, said he would not comment without seeing the bill but remained steadfast in his opposition to the TTC.

“I am totally opposed to the corridor,” Sheffield said from Austin on Thursday morning. “We’ll fight for everyone’s property rights in regards to that. I haven’t changed my stance on that. We need to solve our transportation needs, but that’s (TTC) not the right process.”

State Sen. Troy Fraser, R-Horseshoe Bay, also represents Bell County at the state capitol. He couldn’t be reached Thursday, but opposed the TTC in previous statements. He supports improving the state’s current highway system rather than building the corridor.

A commission of elected city and school officials from Bell and Milam County is fighting the corridor by confronting TxDOT on environmental issues. Mae Smith, president of the Eastern Central Texas Sub-regional Planning Commission, said her group would continue to demand transparency from TxDOT regarding the environmental impact study now under way.

When the study is complete, a TxDOT official said they will make it public from 30 to 45 days before sending it to the Federal Highway Administration for an up or down vote on whether to build the corridor.

If the Federal Highway Administration approves building the corridor, then a phase two study will commence, which determines the final site.


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: Texas
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1 posted on 11/15/2008 5:23:54 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: TxDOT; 1066AD; 185JHP; Abcdefg; Adrastus; af_vet_rr; Alamo-Girl; antivenom; AprilfromTexas; ...

Trans-Texas Corridor PING!


2 posted on 11/15/2008 5:24:34 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvxiG56M-eU)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Maybe we are learning from Alinsky’s Rules For Radicals. Maybe we come up with endless ways to slow down, gum up and screw up the marxist crap they are pushing down our throats. Resist resist resist.

We need lawsuits in all 57 states against the Kenyan to prove he is not an American.


3 posted on 11/15/2008 5:31:36 PM PST by Frantzie
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks
IH 35 (TTC) is about a mile from my front door. I'm all for shutting it down, now not later.

This is one of the many Bush-Perry scams perpetrated on Texas.

4 posted on 11/15/2008 5:45:41 PM PST by Tolkien (Grace is the Essence of the Gospel; Gratitude is the Essence of Ethics.)
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To: Tolkien
“IH 35 (TTC) is about a mile from my front door. I'm all for shutting it down, now not later. This is one of the many Bush-Perry scams perpetrated on Texas.”

I can sympathize with you about loosing property and having this huge corridor at your front door should it ever be built. But, on the other hand, I think you may agree that something must be done to add more highway capacity from the Mexican border northward. So, if not the TTC, then what would you suggest as an alternative?

5 posted on 11/15/2008 5:54:58 PM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Note to Texas:

If you want Mexicans driving Mexican Trucks into your state, keep them in your state. The rest of America doesn’t want them. Your “Corridor” stops at the Texas border.


6 posted on 11/15/2008 6:14:18 PM PST by factoryrat (Better living through American Industrial Might.)
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To: Frantzie

Newbie kook award!!


7 posted on 11/15/2008 6:25:53 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts! Republicans do!)
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To: snoringbear

Widen the damn road.


8 posted on 11/15/2008 6:26:58 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts! Republicans do!)
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To: factoryrat

If you want Mexicans driving Mexican Trucks into your state, keep them in your state.


No problem with that. If we could just get them to the OK, AR, LA border it would be nice so that the conjestion would be reduced.


9 posted on 11/15/2008 6:35:05 PM PST by deport ( ----Cue Spooky Music---)
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To: org.whodat

WTF are you talking about? Maybe we should learn something from the radicals about getting in the lefties faces.

The Mormoms took on an impossible battle in CA for Prop 8 and won.


10 posted on 11/15/2008 6:35:29 PM PST by Frantzie
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To: Frantzie
No maybe you should learn something about not being a cracker-head.
11 posted on 11/15/2008 6:38:11 PM PST by org.whodat (Conservatives don't vote for Bailouts! Republicans do!)
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To: snoringbear
I can sympathize with you about loosing property and having this huge corridor at your front door should it ever be built. But, on the other hand, I think you may agree that something must be done to add more highway capacity from the Mexican border northward. So, if not the TTC, then what would you suggest as an alternative?

I won't be losing property unless some Muslim posing as a Mexican truck driver detonates a nuke in Austin. I'm for not letting Mexican trucks drive on my taxpayer funded roads and not letting illegal aliens across the border.

That's my alternative.

12 posted on 11/15/2008 10:43:02 PM PST by Tolkien (Grace is the Essence of the Gospel; Gratitude is the Essence of Ethics.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

BTTT


13 posted on 11/16/2008 2:59:37 AM PST by E.G.C. (Click on a freeper's screename and then "In Forum" to read his/her posts)
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To: snoringbear
I can sympathize with you about loosing property and having this huge corridor at your front door should it ever be built. But, on the other hand, I think you may agree that something must be done to add more highway capacity from the Mexican border northward. So, if not the TTC, then what would you suggest as an alternative?

You are posing "facts" which are not in evidence. The border needs to be shut off, and traffic reduced dramatically. This defeats that purpose.

14 posted on 11/16/2008 3:12:33 AM PST by roamer_1 (Proud 1%er... Reagan Conservatism is the only way forward.)
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To: Tolkien
“I can sympathize with you about loosing property and having this huge corridor at your front door should it ever be built. But, on the other hand, I think you may agree that something must be done to add more highway capacity from the Mexican border northward. So, if not the TTC, then what would you suggest as an alternative?”

“I won't be losing property unless some Muslim posing as a Mexican truck driver detonates a nuke in Austin. I'm for not letting Mexican trucks drive on my taxpayer funded roads and not letting illegal aliens across the border. That's my alternative.”

Well, when you stated that “IH 35 (TTC) is about a mile from my front door” I assumed that you live in close proximity to the proposed corridor. Frankly, your response did not offer much in the way of an alternative. I agree that we (U.S.) must regain control of our borders and shut down illegals from entering. Also, I agree that Mexican truckers should be inspected and held to the same regulations as U.S. truckers. But, these issues and not one and the same as what to do about I-35 and creating more north/south capacity from the border northward. Want to try again? Come on, you can do it...

15 posted on 11/16/2008 6:03:26 AM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: snoringbear; Tolkien; All

If Mexico and China are going to force goods to be shipped up through Texas, let it be on rails.


16 posted on 11/16/2008 7:17:03 AM PST by wolfcreek (I see miles and miles of Texas....let's keep it that way.)
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To: snoringbear
And you are...?

(Re: your tagline...)

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You don't even have a State flag on your non-existent FRProfile; why should we Texans who have fought the TTC in every conceivable legal way give your snores any credibility?.

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17 posted on 11/17/2008 5:38:25 AM PST by TXnMA (To anger a conservative, lie about him. To anger a liberal -- tell the truth...)
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To: TXnMA
“And you are...?”

Well, I am an native born fifth generation Texan.

But, back to the issue at hand, which is the TTC or some viable alternative. Those who are most virulently opposed to the TTC don't seem to offer up an alternative. So, I'll give you a shot at it - what's your proposal bub?

18 posted on 11/17/2008 11:07:33 AM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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To: snoringbear
My proposal -- which I presented in person and as a graphic engineering (with cost differentials) presentation to the top TTC engineering staff -- is for a separate, much narrower, cargo-only corridor. That would would remove the trucks, along with their traffic hazards and wear-and-tear from our interstates, allowing them to handle much more passenger traffic and extending their lifetimes several-fold.

As compared to the full-width TTC as proposed, simply shortening the overpasses (required at every crossing of a closed-access corridor) would reduce their cost enough to provide for three to four times the proposed number -- greatly mitigating the interruptions of rural roads.

19 posted on 11/17/2008 3:11:47 PM PST by TXnMA (To anger a conservative, lie about him. To anger a liberal -- tell the truth...)
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To: snoringbear
"Well, I am an native born fifth generation Texan."

Same here, BTW...

20 posted on 11/17/2008 3:14:39 PM PST by TXnMA (To anger a conservative, lie about him. To anger a liberal -- tell the truth...)
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To: snoringbear

In reply to your question to another poster soliciting ideas for handling increasing south-north traffic across Texas, here’s what I think:

It’s crazy to keep funneling virtually all north-south traffic through Dallas-Fort Worth, thus causing congestion, increased pollution, and the capacity nightmare we face.

We need to disperse traffic, not condense it. There is no reason (other than to appease the DFW business lobby) to force everyone who wants to get from south Texas to Oklahoma to drive through the metroplex.

We need to widen existing routes, four-lane controlled acess highways criss-crossing the state. This approach would not only decrease congestion and clean up Dallas air, it would also bring business and prosperity to smaller cities in other parts of the state.

It would be good for all of us.

From Houston to Paris, tying into the Indian Nation Turnpike at Hugo, OK.

Del Rio to Midland to Lubbock to Amarillo and north.

Laredo and Corpus to San Antonio to Stephenville to Wichita Falls and tie into I-44 at the Oklahoma border.

Or Laredo to Junction to Abilene and northward.

Look at a Texas map. It’s obvious what needs to be done. But common sense hasn’t had a hand in recent transportation planning in Texas. It’s all about money, not the common good.

Hope I’ve given you some realistic suggestions. I wish someone with influence would listen.


21 posted on 11/17/2008 8:00:39 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: snoringbear

By the way — I’m native-born sixth generation Texan, virulently opposed to the TTC.


22 posted on 11/17/2008 8:02:22 PM PST by Jedidah
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To: Jedidah; TXnMA

“Look at a Texas map”

It’s not necessary for me to look at a Texas map. I lived in Midland for ten years and during that period drove virtually every road in west Texas, the Trans Pacos, Big Bend and many up in the Pan Handle. All of your ideas have merit. The only one that would probably not be politicaly possible is the one that would intringe on the Fort Davis, Alpine area as this area is turning into an enclave for artsy, craftsy types looking for some solitude and thereby don’t want their karma disturbed. Personally, I sort of like that area the way it is too.

But, like it or not, additional highway capacity is going to be built somewhere. My vote is to build the additional capacity along I-35, either the TTC plan or some other version. Heck, this corridor is already trashed up so why trash up other parts of this great state by building another north/south corridor?

Btw, guess you have senority on TxMa and me by one generation :)


23 posted on 11/18/2008 2:25:07 PM PST by snoringbear (Government is the Pimp,)
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