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  • Property Rights Bill Provides Protection for Virginia Landowners

    01/22/2014 5:09:22 AM PST · by RightSideNews · 4 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | January 22, 2014 | Shelby Mertens
    Del. Bob Marshall, R-Manassas, has introduced a bill that would give farmers and landowners’ property rights remedies against local zoning laws. The bill is inspired by the Martha Boneta debacle last year. But unlike last year’s “Boneta Bill,” HB1219 extends beyond farmers to anyone who owns property. The bill also tackles other issues such as the constitutional rights of farmers. HB1219 says that local governments that violate constitutional rights through zoning must pay their victims the amount of the fines they sought to impose and the actual damages, including attorney fees. The bill also allows the Virginia Attorney General to...
  • Senate votes to drive final stake through Trans Texas Corridor

    05/22/2011 7:35:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 58 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 21, 2011 | Christy Hoppe
    AUSTIN — The ceremony was brief and drew few mourners, but the Trans Texas Corridor is finally dead. The Senate unanimously passed a bill that strikes from state law any language, reference and authority once connected to the massive highway envisioned to slice a swath through Texas. The same measure already has passed the House. There are some minor differences that still need to be reconciled, but the bill is expected to go to Gov. Rick Perry, who will have to decide whether to join in the final rites for his once-prized project. Legislators did keep a provision that was...
  • Arizona calls for online donations in bid to build fence along entire border with Mexico

    05/08/2011 11:22:21 PM PDT · by Niuhuru · 37 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6:55 AM on 9th May 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Arizona lawmakers want to erect a fence along the border with Mexico - whether the federal government thinks it's necessary or not. They've got a plan that could get a project started using online donations and prison labour. If they get enough money, all they would have to do is get cooperation from landowners and construction could begin as soon as this year. Governor Jan Brewer recently signed a bill that sets the state on a course to building a permanent barrier along its borders, and a website is being launched to raise money for the work.
  • Sing Along: 'This Land Is EPA's Land'

    12/16/2009 5:10:36 PM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies · 742+ views
    Investors.com ^ | December 16, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY Staff
    Regulations: The Clean Water Act is being rewritten to give a government bureaucracy the power to regulate every body of water from the Mississippi River to a rain-flooded field. The first casualty may be American coal. With all the concern for the harm that cap-and-trade and regulating carbon dioxide as a pollutant might do to the American economy and free markets, the Environmental Protection Agency is doing quite enough damage with an existing law on the books — the Clean Water Act. Congress plans to revise it to make it an even more powerful bludgeon against industry, energy producers and...
  • JSS Zubaida Returned to Iraqi Landowners

    08/12/2009 4:34:26 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 244+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Sgt. Mary Phillips, USA
    Samir al-Hadad, (left), chief of staff from the Office of the Iraqi Prime Minister, and Capt. Brian Grey, Battery B commander, 1st Battalion, 113th Field Artillery Regiment, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team, sign transfer documents releasing the land and house that was once the American side of Joint Security Station Zubaida back to the Iraqi landowner, Aug. 10. Photo by Sgt. Mary Phillips, 30th Heavy Brigade Combat Team. BAGHDAD — The U.S. portion of Joint Security Station Zubaida was returned to its original landowners during a ceremony at this small JSS south of Baghdad, Aug. 10. Capt. Brian Grey, commander...
  • LETTER: TTC ordeal remains the same

    09/01/2008 9:29:46 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 234+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | August 30, 2008 | Gary L. Smith, Sr.
    In my recent letter to you concerning the TTC, I misquoted some information about the company known as Cintra. Mr. Patrick Rhodes of Cintra wrote in response to my mistake. Therefore, I stand corrected with the following: Fellow citizens, the company, Cintra, is not affiliated with ZAI-ACS. Cintra is partnered with Zachry on some TxDOT projects and ACS is partnered with Zachry on some other TxDOT projects. Therefore, I hope this clarifies the over-zealous statements in my letter. Cintra is a Spanish-owned company, and ACS is a larger Spanish-owned company. Zachry, a Texas company, is affiliated with each of them...
  • Elevated transport rail imagined for city

    08/31/2008 6:03:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 392+ views
    Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Northwest Arkansas Edition ^ | August 31, 2008 | Brandy S. Chewning (Texarkana Gazette)
    TEXARKANA — The company selected to design Interstate 69 has revealed plans to also implement the world’s first air rail freight system in the corridor, possibly starting in Texarkana, Texas. “You [Texarkana ] have railroads here, you already have an interstate, bringing I-69 is another interstate, you’ve got Oklahoma, you’ve got I-49,” said Gary Kuhn, senior project manager for Zachary American Infrastructure. “This is what the logistics world likes to see — that opportunity to go from one mode to another very efficiently.” In a presentation to the Wilbur Smith Rotary Club, Kuhn said the freight shuttle is a new...
  • Commission picks developer for I-69 project

    06/27/2008 6:42:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 253+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 26, 2008 | Janet Elliott
    AUSTIN — The Texas Transportation Commission on Thursday selected San Antonio's Zachry Construction Corp. and a Spanish toll road developer to plan a superhighway from Texarkana to Brownsville. The $5 million contract calls for Zachry American Infrastructure and ACS Infrastructure to create a financial plan for the Interstate 69 segment of the Trans-Texas Corridor. "This team represents the best in the balance of local and global expertise necessary to complete a project of this scope," said David Zachry, chief operating officer of Zachry Construction Corp. The private developers' plan calls for seven new loops around Corpus Christi and other cities...
  • Feds must green-light changes in I-69 route plan

    06/12/2008 6:19:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 233+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 12, 2008 | Rad Sallee
    State highway officials said Wednesday that the first step in carrying out their decision to build a controversial toll road along the present U.S. 59, and not through farm and ranch land, is to get federal approval. Although no federal funding has been sought for the Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor, the Texas Department of Transportation is bound by federal environmental law. The project has generated thick volumes about its likely impact on the natural environment and the communities in its path. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is expected to undergo public review late this year and then get sent to...
  • Editorial: Now TxDOT must act on its promises

    06/06/2008 5:09:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 168+ views
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | June 5, 2008 | The San Antonio Express-News
    The Texas Transportation Commission sounded the right notes last month in its first meeting under new leadership. Deirdre Delisi, recently appointed by Gov. Rick Perry to chair the commission, and her fellow commissioners finally seem to have gotten the message — the Texas Department of Transportation has lost the public's trust. For those with short memories, here are a few highlights that explain how that happened: •TxDOT fought to keep details of Perry's proposed Trans-Texas Corridor secret. It denied repeated requests from the media and landowners to let the public view a plan that calls for hundreds of miles of...
  • Kolkhorst seeks 'real' reforms to TTC plans

    05/31/2008 9:22:33 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 237+ views
    The Huntsville Item ^ | May 31, 2008 | The Huntsville Item
    State Rep. Lois Kolkhorst said it’s time for Texas transportation officials to talk about real reforms to address the public outrage over the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor. The Brenham Republican’s reaction followed Thursday’s actions taken by the Texas Transportation Commission. The panel adopted a set of guiding principals and policies which will govern the development, construction and operation of all toll road projects on the state highway system and the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor. Bob Colwell, Texas Department of Transportation public information officer for the Bryan district, said the adoption of the guidelines does not reflect the final approval of Interstate 69...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Advertisement Anti-corridor rally timed for graduation day

    05/10/2008 6:36:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies · 537+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | May 10, 2008 | Michael Rodden
    While Gov. Rick Perry was in Johnson Coliseum addressing SFA graduates, on the other side of campus a group of citizens were not so happy about his appearance in Nacogdoches. In the free-speech area of campus, near North Street and Vista Drive, many farmers, property owners and concerned citizens gathered for a Citizens Against the Trans-Texas Corridor Rally. Holding protest signs and using a tractor as a symbol of the farming community, those who gathered wanted to make their cause heard by the governor, as well as the community. Many vehicles traveling on North Street honked in support of the...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor

    04/29/2008 5:29:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 459+ views
    Quarter Horse News ^ | April 29, 2008 | Sonny Williams
    Each day, I make the dreaded drive down Interstate 35 to go to work in Fort Worth. Each day, I slug through the snarl and sludge of ceaseless traffic, which intensifies my growing desire to commit hari-kari, or at least incites a vehement curse of the highway gods. Certainly, we in Texas need more lanes, more roads, more rails, more something to deal with the ever-expanding urban population and growing international commerce. Yet how do we solve our transportation needs without carving up the countryside like some congratulatory cake? Or should the construction of a superhighway-rail-utility corridor even concern us?...
  • Rural residents feel the push from Trans-Texas Corridor

    04/28/2008 5:31:20 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 577+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | April 27, 2008 | Rad Sallee
    Minutes south of Interstate 10 and Sealy, the pastures along FM 1458 are their own silent world in the morning. Mists lift to reveal black cattle, brown and spotted horses, snow-white egrets underfoot in lush green grass. Then a concrete mixer comes churning down the blacktop. Just up the road is a small subdivision. More are sure to come as city dwellers, including weekenders and retirees, move out in search of a quieter, simpler life — and relief from city traffic. Although the gradual influx may bring greater changes in the long run, what disturbs residents most is the planned...
  • 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...
  • Gorden named to I-69/TTC advisory committee

    04/01/2008 5:50:42 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies · 239+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | April 1, 2008 | Gary Willmon
    Lufkin Mayor Jack Gorden has been selected by the Texas Transportation Committee to serve on a citizens' advisory committee for putting together information regarding the proposed Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor. According to Texas Department of Transportation officials, advisory committee members represent a cross-section of community and business leaders, landowners, local transportation experts and others. "Our goal is to enhance the public dialogue and meaningfully involve more Texans in transportation decisions," said Texas Transportation Commission Chair Hope Andrade. "These committees will have an important seat at the table as we work together to shape the future of transportation for our state." Gorden...
  • Trans-Texas (Mayor named to committee; says she plans to listen, learn)

    03/30/2008 1:23:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 269+ views
    The San Marcos Daily Record ^ | March 29, 2008 | Anita Miller
    San Marcos — At her first meeting as part of a citizen advisory committee on the Trans-Texas Corridor, San Marcos Mayor Susan Narvaiz plans to listen before she speaks. “I want to be better educated about where they are now in terms of the timeline,” said Narvaiz, who was appointed to the board by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) on Thursday. “I want to hear from the people who put this together, what their intent was, why they figured their alignment the way they did.” The 18-member committee will advise TxDOT in the planning of TTC-35, which will roughly...
  • Locals chosen to Trans-Texas Corridor citizens’ advisory committees

    03/29/2008 3:34:17 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 379+ views
    The Waco Tribune-Herald ^ | March 28, 2008 | Ken Sury
    The Texas Transportation Commission today selected members to serve on two citizens’ advisory committees for the Trans-Texas Corridor. Area residents on the I-35 Corridor Advisory Committee include Karen Marstaller of Waco, Don Greene of Lorena and John Erwin of Hillsboro. Each committee will advise the Texas Department of Transportation in the planning of two priority corridors. One committee will focus on Interstate 35 corridor and TTC-35, while the other committee will advise the department on the proposed Interstate 69 corridor and I-69/TTC. The Corridor Advisory Committees represent a cross-section of community and business leaders, land owners, local transportation experts and...
  • Officials: 'Trans-Texas Corridor' a taboo, but need real

    03/28/2008 5:55:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 758+ views
    The Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | March 28, 2008 | Gordon Dickson
    FORT WORTH -- The Trans-Texas Corridor is now so controversial, merely uttering the words in most political circles is taboo. "We're calling it a 'regional loop' because you can't say 'Trans-Texas Corridor' in the state of Texas anymore," said Michael Morris, transportation director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments. "The Trans-Texas Corridor is a lightning rod," he told visiting state representatives this week while explaining how the corridor would connect to regional highways by 2030. Opposition to the proposed construction of a $184 billion network of toll roads during the next 50 years is so strong statewide that...
  • Commissioners asked to form “391 Commission” against I-69/TTC

    03/27/2008 5:23:51 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 344+ views
    The Navasota Examiner ^ | March 26, 2008 | Rosemary Smith
    Though some may believe the I-69 Trans Texas Corridor will not be constructed, due to overwhelming opposition and various remarks by TxDOT representatives, a newly formed local group called “Grimes County Get Organized” asked Commissioners on Monday to consider forming a Commission group based on Local Government Code 391; to ensure the currently proposed construction plan through the county is officially stopped. The idea to form the commission came from a recent informational meeting about how to stop the corridor held in Lufkin, Texas and hosted by Holland Mayor Mae Smith. According to the informational handouts, the East Central Texas...
  • McReynolds to TxDOT: 'Drop I-69/TTC absurdity'

    03/26/2008 5:37:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 671+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 25, 2008 | Gary Willmon
    State Rep. Jim McReynolds has sent a letter to the Texas Department of Transportation saying he thinks TxDOT should drop the idea of tying the Trans-Texas Corridor in with plans for routing Interstate 69 through East Texas. McReynolds says tremendous negative outcry from his constituents and other East Texas residents has made it clear to him no one wants infrastructure that massive and disruptive to the quality of life to be built, taking big swaths out of the Pineywoods countryside. "Within the past several weeks, I have personally attended every TxDOT hearing held in my district regarding this proposed corridor,"...
  • Three South Texas highways to be interstates

    03/23/2008 4:49:55 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies · 1,240+ views
    The Monitor ^ | March 22, 2008 | Jackie Leatherman
    South Texas is not only going to get its first interstate - it is also going to get a second and a third. State transportation officials knew one of three southern highways - U.S. Highway 281 in Hidalgo County, U.S. Highway 77 in Cameron County or U.S. Highway 59 in Webb County - would eventually become part of an interstate stretching from the Texas-Mexico border to Texarkana, in the northeast part of the state. Only Webb County is currently served by an interstate. The state's Trans-Texas Corridor plan calls for an Interstate 69 extension linking South Texas to points north,...
  • Texas Farm Bureau: “TxDOT’s Draft Environmental Impact Study will not withstand judicial scrutiny”

    03/19/2008 6:06:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 457+ views
    Southwest Farm Press ^ | March 19, 2008 | Southwest Farm Press
    In comments filed with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), the Texas Farm Bureau said the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) for the proposed I-69 corridor “would not withstand judicial scrutiny.” Under the terms of the National Environmental Policy Act, these detailed environmental studies are conducted under rules developed by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). According to the farm organization’s comments, the failure of the DEIS to consider the environmental impact of using existing rights-of-way–rather than a single minded focus on building a completely new route–means the study could not hold up in...
  • NAFTA opponents seek resolution

    03/18/2008 1:17:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 103 replies · 1,016+ views
    The Lawrence Journal-World ^ | March 18, 2008 | Scott Rothschild
    Topeka — Agreements with Mexico and Canada are setting the stage for construction of a huge highway that will gobble up Kansans’ property and jeopardize U.S. security, representatives from a wide range of groups said Monday. “Through incrementalism, apathy and inattention, our national sovereignty is being sacrificed on a cross of greed, socialism and globalism,” said state Rep. Judy Morrison, R-Shawnee. Morrison has introduced House Concurrent Resolution 5033 urging Congress to withdraw from further participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement and Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America. At a hearing before the House Federal and State Affairs...
  • Anti-corridor groups apprise locals of ways to 'just say no to TTC'

    03/17/2008 5:19:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 513+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 17, 2008 | Steven Alford
    Plots by Communists to infiltrate America. The disintegration of borders and rural areas. Citizens mobilizing and rising up against government agencies and big business. It all sounds like the plot for a summer blockbuster, but it's something that could be happening in your own backyard. These were just a few of the topics addressed in the "How to fight the TTC" workshop, held Monday at the Pitser Garrison Civic Center in Lufkin. The conference served as an informational meeting aimed at informing citizens and local government officials how they can unite in trying to stop the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor project....
  • Anti-corridor groups plan Monday workshop at civic center

    03/16/2008 3:04:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 1,437+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 16, 2008 | Steven Alford
    There's been a lot of talk about the new Trans-Texas Corridor — the next-generation "super-highway" — and opinions are varying. Now the debate is coming to Lufkin's doorstep. On Monday, the American Land Foundation, Stewards of the Range and TURF will hold a workshop at Lufkin's Pitser Garrison Civic Center on how to stop the Trans-Texas Corridor 69. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A portion of Texas citizens have voiced their opposition to the TTC-69 in public meetings held by the Texas Department of Transportation, but believing they are not being heard, four cities and their...
  • Deadline looms for ‘corridor’ comments

    03/15/2008 4:08:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 410+ views
    The Brenham Banner-Press ^ | March 15, 2008 | Alan Nieschwietz
    Time is almost up for Texas residents who wish to submit a comment on the proposed Trans Texas Corridor, which must be received by the Texas Department of Transportation by Wednesday. Submissions of comments would have to be made either by mail or online at this point, and can be sent to I-69/TTC, P.O. Box 14428, Austin, TX 78761, or go to keeptexasmoving.com, then click on “question or comment” on the left side of the screen. Previously, throughout February and March, TxDOT held 47 well-attended hearings at which oral comments from the public were taken into account. The TTC has...
  • Fans of secluded retreat fear Trans-Texas Corridor

    03/13/2008 3:33:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 621+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 12, 2008 | Rad Sallee
    A Piney Woods retreat that has hosted national church conferences on controversial issues, celebrated the consecration of bishops and provided summer memories for thousands of teens now faces another kind of challenge. The nearly two square miles of forest, hills, fields, lakes and buildings that make up Camp Allen Conference & Retreat Center, 15 miles southeast of Navasota, lie in a two-mile-wide strip listed in state documents as the preferred route for the planned Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor. Proposed by Gov. Rick Perry in 2002, the corridor plan has drawn heated opposition at town hall meetings and public hearings throughout Southeast...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor

    03/09/2008 1:08:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies · 1,328+ views
    Nolan Chart ^ | March 8, 2008 | Adam Rink
    Topic: Globalism The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is planning on building a new super highway system called the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC). The Trans-Texas Corridor will not be just another interstate and will it will be used by more than just automobiles. It will include 10 lanes for traffic, two high speed rail tracks, four standard rail tracks, utility lines, oil pipelines, and gas pipelines. The Trans-Texas Corridor will consist of many corridors segments that are 1,200 feet wide, with each mile consuming 146 acres of land. This land is currently ranch and farm land that is being taken by...
  • McReynolds: Expect legislative fireworks over I-69/TTC

    03/08/2008 8:50:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 397+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 7, 2008 | Nick Wade
    State Representative Jim McReynolds previewed the 2009 legislative session at Friday's First Friday Chamber luncheon, with the hot topics going into the biennial madhouse listed as the I-69/Trans-Texas Corridor, the growing issue of water supply, and the battle over the top 10 percent rule that allows Texas high school students to be admitted to any state college if they graduate in the top 10 percent of their class. According to McReynolds, the legislators are "not too happy" with the Texas Department of Transportation, which has been under fire for its proposed I-69/TTC plans. "This (the I-69/TTC) is something we never...
  • TxDOT accused of breaking federal law

    03/06/2008 1:18:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 342+ views
    The Navasota Examiner & Grimes County Review ^ | March 6, 2008 | Rosemary Smith
    Texas spirit was alive and well at the Navasota DEIS public hearing on Feb. 28. Opposition groups, such as the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, came from as far as Washington, D.C. to give recorded testimony, and get a first hand look at TxDOT process procedures. Assistant Director of Communications, Leigh Strope, who attended the meeting on behalf of the 34,000 Texas Teamsters Union members, says, “Teamsters want to stop the dangerous trend of selling our roads and bridges to foreign investors so they can slap tolls on the driving public. We are also concerned because the Trans-Texas Corridor would form...
  • Texans ponder where superhighway might take them

    03/04/2008 1:28:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 415+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 4, 2008 | Peter Canellos
    REFUGIO, Texas - With an abandoned Wild West-vintage town of storefronts slumbering just a block from old US 77, tiny Refugio is a place where myth and reality coexist in a ghostly silence. more stories like this Obama faces heat over aide's NAFTA remarks to Canadians Texas, Ohio could decide Dem nomination Canada says didn't misrepresent Obama over NAFTA McCain tags Dems on trade treaty NAFTA seen differently in Ohio, Texas And now this South Texas outpost is swept up in one of the more intriguing tests of myth vs. reality in today's political life: the battle over the so-called...
  • Katy, Rosenberg Host Trans-Texas Corridor Meetings

    02/28/2008 5:21:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 358+ views
    Fort Bend Now ^ | February 28, 2008 | John Pape
    The proposed Trans Texas Corridor did not find any fans, or any support, in Fort Bend County this week. At public meetings hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation in both Katy and Rosenberg, speaker after speaker, many in emotional tones, voiced their opposition to the proposed transportation corridor. No one spoke up in support of the proposal at either meeting. The Tuesday night session took place at Katy High School’s Performing Arts Center with over 200 residents in attendance. The evening before at the Rosenberg Civic and Convention Center, a similar crowd showed up to voice their opinions. In...
  • County backs community efforts against Trans-Texas Corridor

    02/27/2008 2:16:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 230+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | February 26, 2008 | Michael Rodden
    The Nacogdoches County commissioners court voted Tuesday to support numerous community members who have recently turned out in droves opposing the proposed I-69/Trans-Texas Corridor by adopting a resolution against the project. The resolution is expected to be sent to the Texas Department of Transportation and to the governor's office. Precinct 4 Commissioner Tom Strickland said that it's apparent most people in Nacogdoches County approved of the original project — a standard Interstate roadway. But now most are opposed to the large TTC structure. 145th District Court Judge Campbell Cox II submitted a map that showed several oil and gas wells...
  • Road block: Why the rage against the Trans-Texas Corridor?

    02/23/2008 7:17:59 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 269+ views
    KHOU.com ^ | February 23, 2006 | Lee McGuire
    HEMPSTEAD -- The Trans Texas Corridor may be the most controversial highway ever built in Texas. That is, if it ever gets built. All month, there have been public hearings throughout the area where people have been showing up in droves to oppose it. People don’t drive very fast on Odis Styers’ family ranch near Hempstead, but TxDOT wants that to change. “It’s quiet, it’s peaceful,” Styers said. “It’s a shame a road is gonna mess it up.” The road is the Trans Texas Corridor. The plans call for it to come through here, and with it: separate lanes for...
  • TxDOT official: Plans for massive TTC will likely change

    02/22/2008 6:17:00 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 300+ views
    The Daily Sentinel ^ | February 21, 2008 | Matthew Stoff
    n what may have been the first hint of victory for opponents of the Trans Texas Corridor, a high-ranking Texas Department of Transportation official said Thursday he regretted his agency's communication failures and said one proposed version of the corridor, a 10-lane super highway with rail and utility pathways, will "probably not" be built in East Texas, based on the overwhelming resistance to the idea expressed at public hearings on the project this month. Phillip Russell, assistant executive director for innovative project development at TxDOT, was the keynote speaker at the Lone Star Legislative Summit at SFA Thursday, where he...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor debated in East Texas

    02/19/2008 1:37:06 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies · 463+ views
    KETKNBC.com ^ | February 18, 2008 | Gloria Gallardo
    TYLER - Heated debates are cropping up in rural East Texas communities as the Texas Department of Transportation hold hearings on the proposed the Trans-Texas Corridor. It's the first construction project of it's kind in the country. The Texas Department of Transportation says they want it to make room for a growing state. "A thousand people a day move to texas," says spokesman Larry Krantz,"where are these people going to drive? The population in Texas is going to explode by 60% in the year 2030." Their plans involve moving commercial trucks off existing interstate highways and onto one of two...
  • TxDOT traveling bumpy road

    02/18/2008 1:33:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 421+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock Online) ^ | February 18, 2008 | Enrique Rangel
    AUSTIN - When it comes to road improvement and maintenance, by most accounts, the South Plains and Panhandle are fortunate. Despite a $1.1 billion accounting error, the Texas Department of Transportation recently reported no projects in the region have been canceled or delayed while cities like Dallas, Houston and Laredo had at least a half dozen highway projects delayed. But the $1.1 billion-error, which occurred because TxDOT inadvertently counted some bond money twice and consequently allocated more funding than it had, is just the latest problem plaguing the beleaguered agency. For months, TxDOT executive director Amadeo Saenz and other transportation...
  • Hundreds in Nacogdoches speak out against TTC-69

    02/15/2008 4:53:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 975+ views
    Lufkin Daily News ^ | February 15, 2008 | Matthew Stoff (The Daily Sentinel)
    NACOGDOCHES — The rows of extra chairs brought into the The Fredonia's biggest meeting room Thursday night were not enough to accommodate more than 750 people who attended an open house and public hearing on the proposed TTC-69 highway. Texas Department of Transportation officials heard hours of public testimony that continued late into the night overwhelmingly opposed to the construction of new roadways through East Texas. Applause throughout the hours-long meeting never swelled as loudly as it did when the first speaker of the night, state Rep. Wayne Christian, told TxDOT representatives emphatically that "our answer is 'no' on the...
  • CBWC announce meetings to prepare citizens for hearings

    02/14/2008 6:07:37 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 233+ views
    Brenham Banner-Press ^ | February 14, 2008 | Brenham Banner-Press
    A Waller County organization opposing a massive highway project is planning two informational meetings to help citizens prepare for upcoming hearings. Citizens for a Better Waller County (CBWC) says it will hold meetings to prepare residents for Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) hearings in Waller County. The hearings will be to discuss an environmental impact statement on the proposed Trans Texas Corridor’s route that could bring it through Waller, Austin and Washington counties. CBWC’s meetings will be held next Tuesday at the Waller High School cafeteria in Waller and Monday, Feb. 25 at the Brookshire Convention Center in Brookshire. Both...
  • Tempers Flare At Trans-Texas Corridor Hearing

    02/13/2008 1:37:11 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 79 replies · 1,362+ views
    Click2Houston.com ^ | February 13, 2008 | Ryan Korsgard
    HOUSTON -- It did not take long Tuesday for the Texas Department of Transportation to find out what the Houstonians at a public hearing thought about the proposed 600-mile Trans-Texas Corridor, KPRC Local 2 reported. "George Washington, Sam Houston would vomit on you people," one attendee said. Chris Zora, who opposes the plan, attended the hearing at the Arabia Shrine Center in Southwest Houston. "I'd like to see a show of hands here of anybody that approves of this corridor," Zora said. "Is there anyone in this room who approves of this corridor? Raise your hands if you approve of...
  • Corridor plan could mean more traffic, ??fewer?? trucks in Southeast Texas

    02/12/2008 2:04:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies · 496+ views
    Beaumont Enterprise ^ | February 12, 2008 | Christine Rappleye
    Trucks hauling everything from cars to produce use Southeast Texas roads to deliver their goods, and when a proposed Interstate 69/Trans Texas Corridor is completed, local drivers could see even more of them, local transportation officials said. The proposed I-69 corridor stretches from Michigan down to Texas. Once in Texas, the corridor goes about 650 miles from Texarkana to Brownsville and Laredo and includes separate lanes for cars and semis and areas for trains and utilities. It doesn't cut through Beaumont, but local arteries like U.S. 69 and Interstate 10 would connect to it. Travelers and truckers just need to...
  • Proposal in Texas for a Public-Private Toll Road System Raises an Outcry

    02/10/2008 5:13:38 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 937+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 10, 2008 | Ralph Blumenthal
    ROBSTOWN, Tex. — Leon Little’s farm here near Corpus Christi would not be seized for Texas’s proposed $184-billion-plus superhighway project for 5 or 10 years, if ever. But Mr. Little was alarmed enough to show up Wednesday night with hundreds of his South Texas coastal neighbors to do what the Texas Department of Transportation has been urging: “Go ahead, don’t hold back.” Don’t worry. Texans have gotten the message, swamping hearings and town meetings across the state to grill and often excoriate agency officials about a colossal traffic makeover known as the Trans-Texas Corridor, a public-private partnership unrivaled in the...
  • Senators unhappy with TxDOT

    02/08/2008 12:59:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 500+ views
    Palestine Herald-Press ^ | February 7, 2008 | Palestine Herald-Press
    Sometimes the truth just has a way of coming to light. A public information officer with the Texas Department of Transportation this week wrote a column in the Herald-Press describing the financial woes facing TxDOT and how because of those problems the state’s transportation department doesn’t have the money to deal with many of the state’s transportation issues. Apparently, several of the state’s senators do not feel that is the case at all. David Dewhurst called out the state’s interim chairwoman of the Texas Transportation Commission, Hope Andrade, on this very issue, according to a story from the Associated Press....