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  • Texas 130 expansion stalls as Texas toll roads go out of style

    04/10/2018 8:04:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | January 26, 2018 | Ben Wear
    The Texas Department of Transportation has a contractor lined up to add a lane to each side of Texas 130 through Pflugerville, a popular commuter route that often backs up during rush hour.But the $36.7 million contract with OHL Construction is now caught up in the freeze on toll road projects — even though the project would be an expansion of an existing toll road, funded with toll road revenue. It would not use money from the gas, sales and energy taxes that have been the target of grass-roots anti-toll groups.“The planning and (bidding) has been done. The contractor is ready...
  • Flush with highway cash, Texas still looking for toll options

    04/26/2017 5:16:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | April 21, 2017 | Dug Begley
    Texas is spending record amounts on transportation, but lawmakers worried it is not enough are considering extending a controversial program thats helped spread tollways through some of the states largest areas. A bill approved this week by a House committee would give the Texas Department of Transportation a chance to add six additional projects, including the widening of Interstate 45 north of I-10 and a long-planned Hempstead Tollway, meant to relieve traffic on U.S. 290 with the potential for a commuter rail corridor. The bill, by state Rep. Larry Phillips, R-Sherman, would also allow TxDOT or regional officials the chance...
  • Are Texans paying twice for toll roads?

    11/10/2016 8:07:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    Click 2 Houston ^ | November 7-9, 2016 | Joel Eisenbaum
    HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - The Harris County Toll Road Authority collected about $760 million in tolls the last fiscal year, yet it is improbable that any Harris County toll road will ever be “paid off,” Channel 2 Investigates has learned.   “Not with system financing, which allows us to borrow money at a favorable rate to build new projects,” said Patti Evans, the authority’s assistant director of communications.In other words, tolls collected today are not only used to pay down system-wide debt, but to construct more toll roads in the future.    “I think it is important to say —...
  • TxDOT Defends Marketing Strategy to House Committee

    07/21/2008 5:48:48 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 236+ views
    KLBJ News Radio ^ | July 18, 2008 | Newsroom
    Executives from the state highway department are again defending themselves at the Capitol against people who say they are using taxpayer money to advance an agenda in favor of toll roads in Texas. At the heart of the issue are claims that TxDOT has hired lobbyists, using taxpayer dollars, to push in favor of projects like the Trans-Texas Corridor. Part of that is the "Keep Texas Moving" website. "Marketing is undertaken to inform drivers in the Austin area about the opening of new toll roads, toll road locations and incentive periods, and about the benefits of paying with an electronic...
  • Local commission takes on Trans-Texas Corridor

    07/17/2008 5:59:22 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 319+ views
    The Temple Daily Telegram ^ | July 16, 2008 | Fred Afflerbach
    HOLLAND - The mayor of this small community 15 miles south of Temple said Tuesday the commission of which she is president is ready to take by the horns the Texas Department of Transportation and its controversial proposal, the Trans-Texas Corridor. Armed with an 80-page manual, How to Fight the TTC, and backed by two non-profits who say they protect private property rights, Holland mayor Mae Smith said rural Bell County is ready for a fight. Bell County sits here like a stepchild and theyre cramming this corridor down our throats, Ms. Smith said, regarding the commissions relationship with TxDOT....
  • TexDOT Elimination Urged

    07/15/2008 6:24:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 453+ views
    WOAI ^ | July 15, 2008 | Jim Forsyth
    Toll road opponents today will ask the Sunset Advisory Committee of the Texas Legislature to abolish the Texas Department of Transportation, saying the agency has become too corrupt and too dysfunctional to fix, 1200 WOAI news reports. "We want to see elected leadership at the helm of Tex-DOT," says long time toll road opponent Terri Hall, the founder of the citizen action group Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom. "We are done with this unelected beaurocracy that is just an arm of private road building companies and the lackeys of this governor." The idea of eliminating TexDOT and establishing a...
  • Local Toll Opponent to Address Ron Paul Rally

    07/12/2008 3:28:00 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 334+ views
    WOAI radio ^ | July 11, 2008 | Jim Forsyth
    Local toll road activist Terri Hall, the Spring Branch home schooling mom who's campaign against toll roads made her WOAI's San Antonian of the Year for 2007,. is taking her populist campaign nationwide. Hall is among the speakers for Saturday's 'Freedom March,' in Washington DC, organized by supporters of former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul, and designed to keep alive his message of smaller government and vigilance against encroaching government power. "They wanted someone to speak about the Trans Texas Corridor, and what's happening here, and the eminent domain abuses, and how all these toll roads are tied to corporate...
  • 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 thats 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 doesnt have the money to build the roads and bridges 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...
  • Putting up a roadblock of questions

    03/20/2008 2:11:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 465+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | March 20, 2008 | Lisa Falkenberg
    LUFKIN — Mae Smith, the 64-year-old mayor of the teeny Central Texas town of Holland, seized the civic center lectern like a dragon-slayer ascending the throne. In a fiery red pantsuit and a voice that echoed without the help of a malfunctioning microphone, she and her cohorts revealed to a crowd of about 50 souls clad in denim and plaid a little-known weapon against the foe of all in the room: Gov. Rick Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor. The weapon, Smith said, doesn't involve marching on the Texas Capitol, like more than 1,000 did last year, some on tractors and horses. It...
  • Trans-Texas corridor stirs controversy

    02/26/2008 2:28:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 540+ views
    One News Now ^ | February 26, 2008 | Jim Brown
    The debate in Texas over a proposed 4,000-mile network of toll roads that will parallel the state's existing highway system is heating up More than 10,000 people have attended public hearings across Texas to discuss the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor, which has also been dubbed the "NAFTA superhighway." It is a project that is expected to cost an estimated $183 billion over 50 years. (hear audio report) Terry Hall with the group Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom warns the project will create widespread eminent domain abuse and involve foreign control of public infrastructure. "They're taking huge swaths of land, up...
  • 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...
  • No public support for corridor

    01/25/2008 6:00:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 2,368+ views
    Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | January 25, 2008 | Stephen Palkot
    Leaders with the Texas Department of Transportation sought to allay fears about the Trans-Texas Corridor Thursday night in Rosenberg with a town hall meeting. The meeting proceeded fairly smoothly, but hardly seemed to put a dent in the large crowd's seemingly uniform opposition to the proposal of a massive transportation corridor. Hank Gilbert, a regular speaker at TTC events and leader of an anti-TTC non-profit group, drew cheers for suggesting TxDOT officials have failed to make the case for a large, privately owned transportation cluster. No good argument has been made for the TTC that would allow farmers to be...
  • Public meetings begin in gigantic Texas toll road project

    01/14/2008 6:08:43 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 453+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | January 14, 2008 | Michael Graczyk (Associated Press)
    TEXARKANA, Texas The biggest construction project ever attempted in Texas comes under public debate beginning Tuesday in the first of a series of town hall meetings about a proposed 4,000-mile network of superhighway toll roads. The Trans-Texas Corridor, or TTC, as it's become known, was initiated six years ago by Gov. Rick Perry. It's rankled opponents who characterize it as the largest government grab of private property in the state's history and an unneeded and improper expansion of toll roads. Texas Department of Transportation officials, and Perry, have defended the project as necessary to address future traffic concerns in...
  • Eyes on TxDOT: Activist Terri Hall has TxDOTs dream of toll roads in her sights.

    01/09/2008 7:05:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 477+ views
    Fort Worth Weekly ^ | January 9, 2008 | Peter Gorman
    Its looking like a tough year for toll roads in Texas, and no one could be happier about that than Terri Hall, the San Antonio woman whose group is leading the grassroots fight against the controversial pay-to-drive roads that Gov. Rick Perry and others want to see crisscrossing the state. In September, Hall and her group, Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF), filed suit in the state district court in Austin against the Texas Department of Transportation, alleging that TxDOT has broken the law by using public funds to lobby legislators for laws favoring toll roads. TURF and Hall...
  • Shift may loom in toll road debate

    01/01/2008 6:08:01 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 225+ views
    Dallas Morning News ^ | January 1, 2008 | Michael A. Lindenberger
    Push for higher gas tax could follow chief's death The death of Ric Williamson, the fiery, whip-smart chairman of the state transportation commission, could upend the still-roiling debate over toll roads in Texas in the new year. Mr. Williamson died Saturday of a heart attack at age 55, sending shock waves through the nearly 15,000-employee department he led as well as the political and policy circles where his combative style and pro-toll-road agenda had engendered enormous change and criticism. Always careful to credit Gov. Rick Perry, a close friend and former roommate, Mr. Williamson emerged as a lightning rod...
  • Toll road critics denied access to all requested documents

    12/22/2007 3:42:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 212+ views
    Houston Chronicle ^ | December 21, 2007 | Associated Press
    AUSTIN — Toll road critics were turned down in their request for wide-ranging transportation department documents, but a judge gave them more time to narrow their request as part of a lawsuit against the state. Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom, led by San Antonio resident Terri Hall, sued the Texas Department of Transportation in September to fight the department's toll road efforts. The group claims the "Keep Texas Moving" promotional campaign violates a ban on state officials using their authority for political purposes. It also wants to stop agency officials from lobbying Congress to allow more tolling. On Thursday,...
  • Three to bid on U.S. 281 toll road project

    10/25/2007 2:47:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 347+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | October 24, 2007 | Patrick Driscoll
    Three private groups are now in the hunt to build U.S. 281 toll lanes, but two big foreign companies competing just a short while ago to build and lease a larger toll network here have dropped out. The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority board voted Wednesday to let all three teams submit plans to rebuild U.S. 281 north of Loop 1604 into a tollway with free access roads by 2012. It's the fledging agency's first project. "Goodness knows we have been two and a half years getting here," board member Bob Thompson said. "Maybe it's even more important to see the...
  • Texas: Speed Limit May be Lowered to Boost Toll Revenue

    10/20/2007 3:23:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies · 481+ views
    theNewspaper.com ^ | October 19, 2007 | theNewspaper.com
    Toll road contract in Texas allows state to lower speed limits on nearby interstate freeway to avoid paying penalties to a private company. The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has agreed to consider lowering the maximum speed limit on a stretch of interstate highway that competes with a planned toll road. Cintra-Zachary, a joint Spanish-US venture, paid TxDOT $1.3 billion for the right to collect tolls on 40-miles of State Highway 130 set for construction beginning in 2009. Although TxDOT suggested that free market competition was part of the goal of using a public-private partnerships to construct and operate roads,...
  • Castillo: Choosing sides in the toll road debate could leave an aftertaste

    09/27/2007 11:25:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 184+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | September 26, 2007 | Jaime Castillo
    Monitoring the court fight between activist Terri Hall and the Texas Department of Transportation is a lot like staring at a buffet line full of warmed over hospital cafeteria food. On the one hand, you're hungry and interested in eating. But on the other, you really can't get excited about the choices before you. It's tempting but unpalatable to root for Hall, who has adopted the noble cause of trying to stop TxDOT from spending millions of dollars on a PR blitz to build support for toll roads. Despite Hall's impressive gifts of organizing, public speaking and rabble-rousing, she is...