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  • State Agencies Pilfer Highway and Bridge Funds

    11/13/2009 11:09:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 1,080+ views
    Hudson Valley Press Online ^ | November 11, 2009 | Thomas DiNapoli
    New York State’s Dedicated Highway and Bridge Trust Fund hasn’t been all that dedicated. Since 1991, only 34.9 percent of the money in the fund went directly toward the repair and improvement of the state’s deteriorating roads and bridges. And over the next four years, that will shrink to about one fifth. It’s supposed to be a “locked box,” but apparently the lock wasn’t very strong. If only one-third of the money in the Highway and Bridge Trust Fund has actually been used to pay for highways and bridges, the question, is, where did the money go? The answer is...
  • Pr. William declines to join [race-baiting] anti-HOT lanes lawsuit

    10/08/2009 8:20:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 930+ views
    The Washington Business Journal ^ | October 7, 2009 | Sarah Krouse
    Prince William County decided not to join Arlington County in its lawsuit against high-occupancy toll lanes on Interstates 95 and 395, citing what it characterizes as race-baiting and class warfare in the suit. The county considered joining the suit because it shared concerns about the HOT lanes’ proceeding without a proper environmental study and their effect on traffic, but Board Chairman Corey Stewart, R-At large, said the board unanimously agreed Arlington’s suit raised too many concerns. “The board had a closer look at the suit and there are allegations in there about Pierce Homer, the secretary of transportation, and about...
  • Trans-state highway in Arunachal by 2013: PM (Chinese border incursions into India)

    10/04/2009 5:48:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 520+ views
    The Morung Express ^ | October 3, 2009 | Agencies, PTI
    Itanagar, October 3 (Agencies): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said a Rs.125 billion trans-state highway in Arunachal Pradesh would be completed by 2013, a step that would boost infrastructure in the strategic northeastern state bordering China. “The Trans-Arunachal Highway, rail and air connectivity, and construction of two small hydro projects would meet the requirement of many remote areas, especially villages located on border areas, suffering from isolation,” Manmohan Singh said, addressing an election rally at Pasighat in East Siang district. “The highway would be completed by 2013 and would go a long way in boosting infrastructure in the region....
  • Deaths, Injuries Increase With Higher Speed Limits

    07/16/2009 7:26:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 105 replies · 1,942+ views
    MSN Health and Fitness ^ | July 16, 2009 | Steven Reinberg, HealthDay Reporter
    THURSDAY, July 16 (HealthDay News) -- Deaths and injuries on America's interstates have increased since the repeal of the federal 55-mile-per-hour speed limit in 1995, a new study finds, and some believe it's time to slow down again. Researchers tracking fatalities attributed 12,545 deaths and 36,582 injuries in fatal crashes to higher speed limits implemented during the 1995-2005 study period. "Our study clearly shows that policy can directly result in more deaths as well as reducing deaths on our country's roads," said lead researcher Lee S. Friedman of the division of environmental and occupational health sciences in the School of...
  • New meaning for 'Road Tax'

    07/13/2009 5:00:40 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 1,827+ views
    GOPUSA ^ | July 13, 2009 | Henry Lamb
    Sara was late for work. The alarm clock didn't alarm, the kids were unusually slow getting ready for school, and nothing went right. She finally got to her car -- a brand new 2020 Chevy Adventure. She touched the finger-print secured start button. Nothing. It wouldn't start. She touched it again. Nothing. Furious, she banged the steering wheel with her fist. Then she noticed the paper hanging from the receipt printer on the dash. "Your designated visa account rejected your Road Use Tax in the amount of $87.32 for the month of June, 2020. You must insert a valid account...
  • Not so HOT lanes - Local commuters are about to be taken for a ride

    07/13/2009 6:27:35 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 108 replies · 2,404+ views
    Washington Times ^ | July 13, 2009
    Virginia is trying to pull a fast one on motorists who live along the Interstate 95/395 corridor, and we all will be moving slower and paying more as a result...The latest plan effectively hands ownership of Interstate 95/395 to a foreign corporation for the next 80 years. Transurban Group, Melbourne, Australia, will lease the existing high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes for the 64-mile stretch between Spotsylvania, Va., and the Pentagon. Transurban will be responsible for building new access ramps and performing maintenance for the lanes. Drivers interested in a congestion-free ride can pay an expected $1 - or more - per...
  • Dierschke: Time to terminate Trans-Texas Corridor

    04/23/2009 6:49:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 568+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | April 23, 2009 | Southwest Farm Press
    The state’s largest farm organization is in favor of legislation that would terminate the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) in both name and concept. Texas Farm Bureau President Kenneth Dierschke expressed support for HB 11 by State Rep. David McQuade Leibowitz (D-San Antonio), which repeals the authority for the establishment and operation of the massive transportation project. “We hope you will agree with us that it is finally time to kill the Trans-Texas Corridor,” Dierschke testified before the House Transportation Committee on April 21. Although the farm organization recognizes the need to build and maintain Texas’ infrastructure, Dierschke said Texas Farm Bureau...
  • Public pushes against plan to close I-81 rest areas

    03/13/2009 9:10:31 AM PDT · by Pete-R-Bilt · 28 replies · 1,273+ views
    Roanoke Times ^ | Wednesday, March 11, 2009 | Jeff Sturgeon
    Public pushes against plan to close I-81 rest areas Several concerns about the cost-cutting measure were laid out for state lawmakers at a hearing. By Jeff Sturgeon | The Roanoke Times Related Your take How might VDOT's proposed rest-area closure affect you? Join the discussion on our message board. Previous coverage Meeting set on I-81 rest area closings1,500 jobs, rest areas on VDOT's chopping list Residents and state lawmakers urged state highway leaders Tuesday to reconsider a proposal to close more than half of the interstate rest areas in Virginia, saying they are too valuable to barricade."Silly, foolish, lack of...
  • Immigrants ravage U.S. infrastructure

    01/16/2009 2:08:23 AM PST · by Man50D · 14 replies · 1,074+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | January 15, 2009 | Chelsea Schilling
    The United States will need $1.6 trillion to repair damage to its infrastructure from a massive influx of immigrants, a new report reveals. In his report titled, "The Twin Crises: Immigration and Infrastructure," prominent researcher Edwin S. Rubenstein examines 15 categories of infrastructure: airports, border security, bridges, dams and levees, electricity (the power grids), hazardous waste removal , hospitals, mass transit, parks and recreation facilities, ports and navigable waterways, public schools, railroads, roads and highways, solid waste and trash, and water and sewer systems. Rubenstein, a financial analyst and former contributing editor of Forbes and economics editor of National Review,...
  • Texas lawmakers to weigh private road deals against tax increases

    01/12/2009 4:28:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 617+ views
    WFAA ^ | January 12, 2009 | Michael A. Lindenberger (Dallas Morning News)
    Two years ago, lawmakers went to war with Gov. Rick Perry over his push to privatize Texas toll roads, but their efforts to stop the idea largely failed. As they return Tuesday to launch the 2009 legislative session, lawmakers will be faced with a choice of either raising taxes – which both Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst have called a bad idea – or giving private companies a greater role in paying for, and operating, a fast-expanding network of toll roads. The two-year moratorium on private road deals that passed in 2007 slowed but didn't kill Perry's plan to...
  • Texas lawmakers to focus on transportation politics

    01/02/2009 7:00:12 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 639+ views
    TheTrucker.com ^ | December 31, 2008 | Kelley Shannon (Associated Press)
    AUSTIN, Texas — If anyone wondered whether Texas toll road rage had subsided or lawmakers' irritation at the Texas Department of Transportation had eased, those questions got answered a few days before Christmas: Not so much. Denouncing the massive transportation agency as dysfunctional and out of control, a group of lawmakers reviewing the department said it will be intensely debated in the legislative session that begins Jan. 13. "This is a big agency that is a mess," said Rep. Carl Isett, a Lubbock Republican and one of the leaders of the Sunset Advisory Commission that periodically examines state agencies. He...
  • (Washington) Panel wants fuel taxes hiked to fund highways (50% - during a DEPRESSION?)

    01/01/2009 2:23:02 PM PST · by Libloather · 66 replies · 2,644+ views
    Knox News ^ | 1/01/09 | JOAN LOWY
    Panel wants fuel taxes hiked to fund highwaysBy JOAN LOWY, Associated Press Updated 04:20 p.m., January 1, 2009 WASHINGTON (AP) — A 50 percent increase in gasoline and diesel fuel taxes is being urged by a federal commission to finance highway construction and repair until the government devises another way for motorists to pay for using public roads. **SNIP** With motorists driving less and buying less fuel, the current 18.4 cents a gallon gas tax and 24.4 cents a gallon diesel tax fail to raise enough to keep pace with the cost of road, bridge and transit programs. **SNIP** A...
  • The New Year May Bring Some Changes in the Capitol

    12/29/2008 4:04:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 457+ views
    The Tribune ^ | December 29, 2008 | Dave McNeely
    The Texas Legislature is coming back Jan. 13, and change may be in the air. The Sunset Advisory Commission, by a narrow margin, recently voted to abolish the five-member commission that oversees the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDoOT), and replace it with a single commissioner. This is but the latest in the continuing evolution of Texas state government. When legislators think an agency isn’t working right, the urges generally are to change the agency’s personnel; to change the agency’s structure; to combine it with some other agency; to investigate it; or to abolish it. Such it is with TxDOT. In...
  • Texas bills pursue transportation money, tackle corridor plan

    12/21/2008 6:50:19 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 647+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | December 19, 2008 | Keith Goble
    Confronted with a struggling transportation fund, lawmakers in Texas soon are expected to wage battle on various methods to help generate $14 billion for roads and bridges throughout the state. Another bill is intended to sideline the planned Trans-Texas Corridor. A report released this week from the Texas Department of Transportation says that the state will need to come up with $313 billion by 2030 for road and bridge maintenance and for congestion solutions. The report’s unveiling happened a couple of weeks before the Texas Legislature is set to convene its 2009 session. Lawmakers say they already were committed to...
  • New York To Reduce State Truck Emissions ($20,000 Per Truck; Governor Wants 188 New Taxes & Fees)

    12/18/2008 3:38:00 PM PST · by Sammy67 · 23 replies · 1,212+ views
    Yahoo ^ | 11/25/08
    NY officials want older trucks fitted with emission-reducing equipment; cost put at $195M ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- New York is taking steps to reduce diesel emissions in its construction fleet. The Department of Environmental Conservation is floating proposed regulations requiring trucks made before 2007 to be fitted with emissions-reducing equipment and to use ultra-low-sulfur fuel by 2011. The new regulations would apply only to state-owned trucks or trucks used for state contract work. The DEC estimates it will cost $195 million to retrofit about 30,000 state trucks. The New York State
  • Lawrence Solomon: Good tolls, bad tolls

    12/01/2008 12:15:00 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 505+ views
    Financial Post ^ | November 28, 2008 | Lawrence Solomon
    The Greater Toronto Area needs a gazillion dollars to fund Metrolinx, a mega mega transportation system of light rail, commuter trains, subways, highways, roads, and bicycle paths designed to reach every ward in an 8,000 square kilometre operating region approaching six million people. It will cost more than governments can afford, say its government backers. The answer, the backers say, is a toll road system that extends across the GTA and finances the transit megaproject. I have a better idea. Install the GTA-wide toll road system and scrap Metrolinx. Once roads are tolled, the population growth that is now projected...
  • China Bets Highways Will Drive Its Growth

    11/20/2008 10:24:34 AM PST · by Oakeshott · 7 replies · 407+ views
    As more of the world falls into financial turmoil, China is hoping that an infrastructure spending spree can help sustain its long record of expansion and rising prosperity. Much of the $586 billion stimulus package China unveiled this week will go toward building highways, railroads and airports. Already, according to official estimates, infrastructure spending had been increasing by an average of 20% annually for the past 30 years -- a tried and true engine that has helped power the Chinese economy's explosive growth.
  • Lawmaker files bill to repeal Texas Corridor

    11/15/2008 5:23:53 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies · 616+ views
    The Temple Daily Telegram ^ | November 14, 2008 | Fred Afflerbach
    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...
  • Editorial: Collaboration on road issues

    10/21/2008 9:06:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 370+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 21, 2008 | The Dallas Morning News
    Savor the occasional cause for optimism that top leaders can value teamwork over turf in the contentious area of transportation financing. Take the years of squabbling over how Texas can scrape up billions of dollars to catch up with road-building needs. Suddenly, there's positive movement, first from Gov. Rick Perry last week. He told this newspaper's transportation writer, Michael Lindenberger, that he would not use his veto to obstruct a move by lawmakers to index the lagging motor-fuels tax to inflation. "If it is the will of the people, and of the Legislature, I suspect I would go along with...
  • TxDOT buys time with borrowed funds for Dallas-area projects

    10/06/2008 9:10:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies · 716+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 5, 2008 | Michael A Lindenberger
    State transportation officials are poised to issue billions of dollars in debt to help speed road construction, a move that will keep Dallas-area projects on schedule for now but will do little to shore up the state's long-term road-funding crisis. The Texas Department of Transportation will likely begin issuing $1.5 billion in bonds within 60 days, pending the recovery of the nation's upended credit markets, and is taking steps to borrow another $6.4 billion over the next few years. Historic turmoil in the credit markets is already costing the department hundreds of thousands of dollars in extra interest payments each...
  • Private investors take public profits at Machang Bridge

    09/19/2008 8:00:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 295+ views
    The Hankyoreh ^ | September 19, 2008 | The Hankyoreh
    There is rising criticism that the Machang Bridge, which opened in July at the cost of millions of won, is only enriching speculative capitalists with tax money. They say that throughout the country, roads built through private investment are becoming white elephants where investors eat tax money via rough traffic predictions and contracts with excessive profit guarantees. The province of South Gyeongsang spent 380 billion won (US$337 million) in budget outlays and 190 million won in private capital to build the Machang Bridge linking Changwon and Masan. For the next 30 years, the earnings from the bridge tolls will be...
  • Fallujah Paves Path for Commerce (ESSAYONS)

    09/08/2008 4:57:46 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 89+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Chris Lyttle, USMC
    FALLUJAH — Coalition forces and the Fallujah City Council are overseeing a road construction project to better facilitate commercial truckers entering the city. Civil Affairs Team 2, 2nd Battalion, 11th Marines, in direct support of 3rd Battalion, 6th Marines, and the FCC are three weeks into repaving the route through Entry Control Point 1A, a checkpoint on the outskirts of Fallujah designed to safeguard the commercial truck entrance into the city. “[The previous route] became a deterrent for people bringing all the commerce into the city,” said Staff Sgt. Aaron Colling, team chief, Civil Affairs Team 2, who is responsible...
  • State Agrees to Stop Diverting Highway Construction Money

    08/22/2008 11:53:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 340+ views
    WOAI Radio ^ | August 22, 2008 | Jim Forsyth
    Governor Perry and other state leaders have agreed to bring a halt to the practice which some say has led to toll roads...the diversion of money from the state's highway fund to other projects, 1200 WOAI news reports. "Implement a plan that sets a definitive course to end the practice of funding the Department of Public Safety with gas taxes that are needed for road construction, and return to funding the DPS with general revenue," is the first goal in a long term transportation funding plan released by Perry, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst, and House Speaker Tom Craddick. 1200 WOAI...
  • Texas wants its public funds to invest in roads

    08/22/2008 10:57:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 221+ views
    Reuters ^ | August 21, 2008 | Reuters
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Public investment funds based in Texas could invest directly in transportation projects through a new corporation under a plan unveiled on Thursday by the state's legislative leaders and the governor. Texas has the nation's biggest road privatization plan but the legislature, reacting to criticisms that developers were enriching themselves at the expense of taxpayers, enacted a two-year moratorium. That has crimped road-building projects and led to a series of clashes between the governor and the legislature, who now have agreed on a compromise plan. Developers, including overseas companies, investment banks and private equity funds all vie...
  • LETTER: Toll road battle continues

    08/17/2008 2:10:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 385+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | August 17, 2008 | Gary L. Smith, Sr.
    Lately I have heard from some of you, asking about the Corridor. Most folks believe it is over, dead, gone from our beautiful East Texas. I have been watching our government's actions on this subject. Did you know that in TxDOT's cover letter to the federal government it states they will only use existing highways to build their corridor? Did you know that TxDOT also stated that it may need to build in non-existing paths also, some time in the future. Citizens, I write you today to make sure you understand that the corridor issue in Trinity County has not...
  • Good Money After Bad

    07/28/2008 11:25:41 AM PDT · by bs9021 · 4 replies · 164+ views
    Campus Report ^ | July 28, 2008 | Bethany Stotts
    Good Money After Bad by: Bethany Stotts, July 28, 2008 When gas prices are at record highs and American families are feeling the economic pinch, Congress may just decide to boost gas prices even higher. Their reason will be to save jobs. As the Washington Post reported on July 20, “Now, lawmakers quietly are talking about raising fuel taxes by a dime from the current 18.4 cents a gallon on gasoline and 24.3 cents on diesel fuel.” The discussion arose out of a presentation by Congressmen James Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), who calculate that states will lose millions...
  • CA: Commission approves financing plan for toll lanes on Highway 101, other Bay Area freeways

    07/23/2008 4:45:37 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 11 replies · 179+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 23 July 2008 | Denis Cuff
    Commission approves financing plan for toll lanes on Highway 101, other Bay Area freeways A Bay Area transportation commission took a step today toward creating an 800-mile network of toll lanes on parts of Highway 101 and other local freeways for car pools and drivers who pay a toll. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission approved a 25-year financing plan that allocates $6.1 billion for the lanes. Transportation planners say the money for the project will come from the tolls collected from motorists who use the lanes. The commission also approved a set of principles for developing the network. The profits from...
  • CA: 800 miles of toll lanes on Highway 101, other Bay Area freeways proposed

    07/22/2008 6:32:38 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 30 replies · 197+ views
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | 21 July 2008 | Denis Cuff
    800 miles of toll lanes on Highway 101, other Bay Area freeways proposed A Bay Area transportation commission is proposing the creation of a $3.7 billion, 800-mile-long network of mixed-use carpool and toll lanes on more than 12 freeways in a big new attempt to ease chronic traffic congestion. Called High Occupancy Toll or HOT lanes because they are free to car poolers in rush hour and open to other vehicles for a toll, the network of express lanes would be developed over the next 25 years by a group county, regional and state transportation agencies. The lanes would be...
  • What Nobody is Saying About a National 55 MPH Limit

    07/12/2008 12:37:30 PM PDT · by The Duke · 164 replies · 198+ views
    Self | July 12, 2008 | Self
    Please pardon this "original material" vanity posting, however all the talk this Saturday morning (and previously) of re-imposing a nationwide 55 MPH speed limit has motivied me to take up the keyboard to make an important point that seems to be being missed in this debate. That point is that imposing such a limit inherently places a value on peoples' time. Let's do the math. Since both sides have been claiming that this speed limit will result in fuel savings of 2% from traveling at 70 MPH, then let's do the math using those numbers. We'll also use a vehicle...
  • Bad air could delay major freeway projects

    07/10/2008 5:46:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 229+ views
    The Bakersfield Californian ^ | July 10, 2008 | James Burger and James Geluso
    Dust storms that fouled Kern County’s air in May could mean months of delay for two major Kern County freeway projects. A project to widen Highway 46 from Holloway Road west to Highway 33 at Blackwells Corner will almost certainly be delayed for five months or more, said Ron Brummett, executive director of the Kern Council of Governments. And the Westside Parkway in Bakersfield, a freeway that’s to run west from a point near Highway 99 to Heath Road, might also be delayed if dickering over air quality standards goes on too long. The Environmental Protection Agency, Brummett said, is...
  • Road Repaving Projects Cut As Gas Tax Revenue Drops And Asphalt Prices Rise

    06/17/2008 7:16:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 170+ views
    AHN ^ | June 16, 2008 | Linda Young
    Washington, D.C. (AHN) - Soaring gas prices at the pump means more drivers are going to have a bumpier ride no matter where they go because economic pressure is forcing states to cut back on repaving projects. Americans drove fewer vehicle miles this year than last year, which means that states have less state and federal gasoline excise tax money to pay for the soaring cost of asphalt to repave roads. Asphalt is made from a combination of rocks and sand mixed with liquid asphalt, made of crude oil, to hold it all together. Soaring oil prices have caused asphalt...
  • Pocketbook Pileup (TxDOT and toll roads)

    06/05/2008 7:32:40 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 524+ views
    Fort Worth Weekly ^ | June 4, 2008 | Dan McGraw
    Gas prices topping $4 a gallon. Freeways that have become parking lots — if you can get to them through surface-street traffic jams caused by fast growth, urban sprawl, and inadequate road planning. Transportation planning in Texas in general seems to have turned into a careening Mack truck that’s just as liable to plow into a city as help it. New highways are needed to get more and more people to work and get NAFTA traffic from the Rio Grande to the Red River, but the state says it doesn’t have the money to build the roads and bridges and...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor draws 27,000 public comments

    06/04/2008 6:03:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 276+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | June 3, 2008 | David Tanner
    Many in the great state of Texas have a lot to say about a proposed network of toll roads and railway lines known as the Trans-Texas Corridor. The Texas Department of Transportation received more than 27,000 public comments during a three-month comment period on a proposed corridor project called the TTC-69, said TxDOT spokesman Mark Cross. Transportation officials had 47 public hearings in February and March and accepted written comments through April 18 on the environmental and social impact of the corridor. Comments ranged from flat-out opposition to the corridor to suggestions about how to lessen its impact, Cross told...
  • Panel proposes changes for TxDOT

    06/03/2008 6:22:44 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 737+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 2, 2008 | Peggy Fikac
    AUSTIN — Saying big changes are needed to restore trust in the Texas Department of Transportation, the Sunset Advisory Commission staff is recommending a revamp of its governing board, project planning, and dealings with lawmakers and the public. The commission's report, to be released today, comes in the wake of controversy over planned public-private partnerships on toll roads, the route of the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor transportation network and questions concerning agency funding figures. The Houston Chronicle obtained a copy of the report. "The Sunset review of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) occurred against a backdrop of distrust and frustration...
  • TxDOT tries to bridge rifts with Texans in Congress

    05/25/2008 2:55:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 209+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | May 25, 2008 | Bennett Roth and Stewart Powell
    WASHINGTON — The Texas Department of Transportation, long viewed as hyperpartisan and arrogant by some members of the state's congressional delegation, has been trying to soften its image by reaching out to lawmakers of both parties in the nation's capital. But while state transportation officials are having some success in easing the personal animus, they still face a stiff challenge in selling their policy agenda to the state's elected officials in Washington. Many Texans on the Potomac cringe at the agency's embrace of toll roads, the controversies surrounding the Trans-Texas Corridor and TxDOT's resistance to many of the highway earmarks...
  • TxDOT told to ‘prioritize’ in road funding crisis

    05/21/2008 7:38:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 181+ views
    The Monitor ^ | May 20, 2008 | James Osborne
    McALLEN -- State senators on Tuesday ordered transportation officials to assess Texas' highway system and prioritize which regions are most in need of new roads. "We're expecting a full report, not some two-page letter," said state Sen. John Carona, R-Dallas, chairman of the Senate Committee on Transportation and Homeland Security. "You can't begin addressing the funding problems until you know when the roads are expected to come on line." The transportation committee, which met Tuesday morning at McAllen City Hall, has been at odds with the Texas Department of Transportation since earlier this year, when the agency announced the halt...
  • Illinois highway workers put the brakes on roadkill pick-ups

    05/18/2008 5:27:43 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies · 124+ views
    WQAD.com ^ | May 17, 2008 | Chris Minor
    QUAD CITIES -- Illinois officials have grounded state highway workers, and that means you'll be seeing more dead animals along highways and interstates. ''There's alot more road kill, it's disgusting'', said a driver parked at a rest-stop along Interstate 74. ''It's not a very good image for the state. People drive through and see all that stuff in the road. '' Al Mustafa says he drives all over the country and noticed this week how bad it was on roads in Illinois. ''Dead deer. I've seen alot more. I seen a trucker almost have an accident trying to avoid one....
  • Column - John Kanelis: State faces many rural roadblocks

    05/11/2008 2:38:48 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 387+ views
    Amarillo Globe-News ^ | May 11, 2008 | John Kanelis
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry wants to build a big highway through the Lone Star State. No, make that a really big highway, as in a monstrously big highway. The exact route hasn't been determined. The mega-highway would run roughly from Laredo on the Rio Grande River through the Hill Country and the Piney Woods and then through Texarkana in that tiny portion of the state that borders Arkansas. Imagine for a moment if that thoroughfare would be pointed in the other direction - from the Valley, through the South Plains and then through the heart of the Panhandle, right past...
  • Roadkill Record Book Club

    05/05/2008 8:53:05 AM PDT · by politicalwit · 1 replies · 150+ views
    Sad but true...animals meet their maker on the highways and byways every day. We’ve all seen them...deer, raccoons, pheasants, geese, even bears...that happened to, (on purpose or accidentally), play in traffic. We look the other way and pretend that we didn’t see that big 12 point buck or that big old fat pheasant rooster laying on the shoulder of the road. The Road Kill Record Book Club celebrates and memorializes the alpha animals of the wild kingdom. Honor Mother Nature’s Finest. Pick up the “Big Guy”...measure with certainty...enter it in the Record Book. And if it’s a really good trophy...mount...
  • Block the road all nite (Dave Barry)

    05/04/2008 9:26:44 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 231+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Dave Barry
    Block the road all nite BY DAVE BARRY (This classic Dave Barry column was originally published Oct. 15, 2000.) According to a recent newspaper article that I carefully clipped out and then lost but I remember the gist of, traffic gridlock in the United States is very bad. It's getting to the point where many commuters arrive at work, use the bathroom, then immediately begin commuting home. FACT: The average American commuter whose car radio is tuned to a ''Classic Rock'' station spends more time singing along to the Kiss song ''Rock And Roll All Nite'' than talking with his...
  • Nacogdoches County will fight TTC as new member of regional planning commission

    05/01/2008 5:34:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 372+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | April 29, 2008 | Michael Rodden
    County commissioners reaffirmed their stance against the Trans-Texas Corridor, and they took another step toward keeping county government transparent when they met Tuesday. First up on the court's agenda, commissioners heard a presentation by Connie Fogle on behalf of the newly formed Pineywoods Sub-Regional Planning Commission. According to Fogle, the Texas Local Government Code, Chapter 391, requires state agencies to coordinate with local commissions to "ensure effective and orderly implementation of state programs at the regional level." "Critical in the code is the word 'coordinate,'" she said. "This does not mean the commission has to cooperate. The intent is to...
  • Editorial: Not serious on roads

    04/30/2008 4:28:40 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 218+ views
    The Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | April 30, 2008 | The Waco Tribune-Herald
    He says he is — seriously devoted to building and maintaining highways. But he is just as devoted to fencing state government into fiscal straits that make these goals impossible without privatizing highways through tolls. Perry last week said that going full-bore with toll roads is the only way for Texas to build new highways. That’s not so. The history of Texas tells us it’s not. Toll roads have their function without question. But so do bonds. So does a gasoline tax that has not kept pace with inflation. So does a reexamination of how Texas funds highways in general...
  • Texas Farm Bureau supports transportation alternatives

    04/26/2008 5:32:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 224+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | April 25, 2008 | Southwest Farm Press
    Texas Farm Bureau offered several viable transportation and funding alternatives to the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) in meeting Texas’ future transportation needs during testimony before the Senate Transportation Committee. “Let me assure you, as an industry we absolutely support and recognize the need for building and maintaining roads in Texas,” said Texas Farm Bureau State Director Tom Paben. “We feel this can be accomplished within the current framework of the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).” “However, there is a need for redirection, as well as a review of the current priorities of the agency,” Paben added, noting several concerns about...
  • Transportation leaders: Texas needs more money for its roads

    04/25/2008 5:13:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 342+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 23, 2008 | Michael A. Lindenberger
    AUSTIN — Maybe Texas’ transportation problems are a lot simpler to understand than recent fights over toll roads make it seem, North Texas leaders told state senators Wednesday. “My first recommendation: You need to provide a lot more revenue for transportation,” Michael Morris, transportation director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, told the Texas Senate transportation committee. That was hardly the only suggestion from Mr. Morris or the many others who spoke to the committee, which is seeking input as it readies an approach on toll roads, TxDOT and more for the next legislative session. But it might...
  • Governor Perry sticks to privatization for toll roads

    04/24/2008 11:20:21 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 223+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | April 23, 2008 | Michael A. Lindenberger
    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry promised to keep fighting for private toll roads and his other transportation priorities Tuesday during his first major speech on the subject since the death in December of transportation commission chairman Ric Williamson. "This is a place for big challenges, not big excuses," he told state Transportation Department employees and highway experts from around the country at the annual Transportation Forum. Next year's legislative session, he said, can't be anything like last year's. "The Legislature must understand that 'no' is not a solution," Mr. Perry said. "It is an abdication of responsibility." Before last year's...
  • Local man on TTC-69 advisory committee

    04/24/2008 4:25:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 203+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | April 23, 2008 | Matthew Stoff
    Continuing a lifelong practice of helping rural East Texans, Nolan Alders attended a meeting in Austin Tuesday as a member of the citizens' advisory committee for the Trans-Texas Corridor highway project. Alders was among 18 representatives of communities that run along the route of the proposed highway, which runs from Laredo to Texarkana. The committee members prepared for their roles as community representatives, and heard comments from state transportation leaders, including Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director Amadeo Saenz and Commissioner Ted Houghton of the Texas Transportation Commission. TxDOT literature says the TTC-69 committee — and another committee to represent...
  • What's next for Texas' superhighway?

    04/20/2008 1:26:27 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies · 822+ views
    NewsOK.com ^ | April 20, 2008 | Nolan Clay
    For years, Texas has been planning a privately financed super turnpike from Mexico to the Oklahoma border. But like rush-hour traffic, the plan for a Trans-Texas Corridor is only inching along. "It ran into a firestorm of controversy in Texas,” said Neal McCaleb, a former Oklahoma transportation secretary. Critics have a wide range of concerns about the corridor, which has a key stretch that would parallel Interstate 35. (Another stretch would extend from the Texarkana/Shreveport area to Mexico.) Particularly upset are landowners who may be in the corridor's path. The Texas Transportation Department calls many concerns myths. The department says,...
  • Lufkin mayor supports I-69 — if it follows current U.S. 59

    04/13/2008 5:44:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 52 replies · 1,404+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | April 12, 2008 | Brittony Lund
    Despite the uproar over the state's proposal to build Trans-Texas Corridor 69 through East Texas, Lufkin's mayor says he supports the highway — as long as it follows the path of the current U.S. Highway 59. The Trans Texas Corridor/I-69 project is a statewide network of transportation routes in Texas that will incorporate existing and new highways, railways and utility right-of-ways. Anyone wishing to comment on the proposed road can go online to www.keeptexasmoving.com. TxDOT has expanded its public comment period for TTC-69 to Friday, April 18. Gov. Rick Perry appointed Gorden, along with 17 other Texans, to an I-69...
  • McLennan County awaiting plans for Trans Texas Corridor

    04/09/2008 5:10:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 420+ views
    The Lariat Online (Baylor University) ^ | April 9, 2008 | Victoria Mgbemena
    As the state's population continues to grow in its urban centers, expansion plans for the highway system continue to be the focus for transportation improvements. The Trans Texas Corridor proposal is aimed to alleviate traffic congestion, improve air quality and provide safer traveling for drivers, among other goals. In 2002, Texas Governor Rick Perry released the plan to create the passageway, which spans northeast from Laredo to Oklahoma and is set to total 4,000 miles in the next 50 years. The $140 billion project calls for the incorporation of new toll roads, commuter railways, power lines and gas pipelines, while...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor foes march on Capitol

    04/06/2008 1:02:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies · 647+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | April 6, 2008 | Patrick George
    For Peyton Gilbert, the battle over the Trans-Texas Corridor is reminiscent of the moment in 1836 when Lt. Col. William Travis drew a line in the sand at the Alamo and invited those willing to fight thousands of Mexican soldiers to step across. "That line in the sand is the Trans-Texas Corridor, and it's a threat to our sovereignty again, just like at the Alamo," said Gilbert, 14, who is from Whitehouse, near Tyler. Gilbert was among a large crowd of people who marched down Congress Avenue to the Capitol on Saturday afternoon to demonstrate against the proposed highway-rail-utility corridor...