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  • Poll: No agreement on how to pay for highways

    08/05/2014 8:18:27 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 5, 2014 9:03 AM EDT | Joan Lowy and Jennifer Agiesta
    Small wonder Congress has kept federal highway and transit programs teetering on the edge of insolvency for years, unable to find a politically acceptable long-term source of funds. The public can’t make up its mind on how to pay for them either. […] Among those who drive places multiple times per week, 62 percent say the benefits outweigh the costs. Among those who drive less than once a week or not at all, 55 percent say the costs of road improvement are worthwhile. Yet a majority of all Americans—58 percent—oppose raising federal gasoline taxes to fund transportation projects such as...
  • Taking a Toll: Administration wants to let states charge on interstate highways

    04/30/2014 8:05:46 PM PDT · by DBCJR · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 4/30/14
    Ever driven down I-95 in Maryland, or the New Jersey Turnpike, and parted ways with $10, $20 in tolls? If the Obama administration has its way, highways across the country could someday be that way. In a major shift for how governments fund transportation projects, the administration wants to let states charge tolls on interstate highways. A federal ban currently bars states from doing so in most places, but the latest White House push could change that.
  • A black box in your car? Some see a source of tax revenue

    10/27/2013 5:45:21 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 105 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 26, 2013 | By Evan Halper
    WASHINGTON — As America's road planners struggle to find the cash to mend a crumbling highway system, many are beginning to see a solution in a little black box that fits neatly by the dashboard of your car. The devices, which track every mile a motorist drives and transmit that information to bureaucrats, are at the center of a controversial attempt in Washington and state planning offices to overhaul the outdated system for funding America's major roads.
  • More Tolls Coming to a Road Near You?

    05/01/2013 3:31:48 PM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 19 replies
    Hardhatters ^ | 05/01/2013 | Jordan Long
    On Tuesday, the Texas House paved the way for the possible introduction of more tolls to state highways. Supermajorities in both chambers passed SB 1730, allowing the Texas Department of Transportation to enter into “a comprehensive development agreement with a private entity to design, develop, finance, construct, maintain, repair, operate, extend, or expand” a number of state highways. These “comprehensive development agreements” (CDAs) are partnerships between the government and private corporations, where the latter agrees to pony up money for road construction and maintenance in return for some sort of return on their investment, ie tolls or cash payments. If...
  • Bexar County assumes control of RMA (TX)

    06/15/2012 10:20:41 AM PDT · by Sarajevo · 5 replies
    MySanAntonio ^ | 13 June 2012 | Vianna Davila
    Vote's implications unclear but likely to be far-reaching. Citing an effort to save money and eliminate job duplication, Bexar County Commissioners Court voted Tuesday to undertake management of the day-to-day operations of San Antonio's only tolling authority. The vote will now bring the decisions of the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority “closer to an elected body,” said Commissioner Kevin Wolff, who made the proposal. The RMA board remains intact for now. The commissioners already appoint the entire RMA board, and the governor names the chairman. “If we would merge at the very least the operational aspects of the RMA today and...
  • The T Spot: Pansi with e-toll robbery (#OWS-style rant against tolls in South Africa)

    11/15/2011 12:37:55 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    The New Age ^ | November 14, 2011 | Tselane Tambo
    HAIBO man, I mean really, it’s not fair. It’s not right. Haibo, angeke! (Hell no!) The thing is that we only earn so much money, and in my sector that isn’t very much at all, and we give so much of it to the tax man and the electricity man and the gas man and the pool man and the hair man and the mani-pedi man and the restaurant man and the education man and the church man and I can go on into a lot of et cetera. From whence comes this e-toll man, now? There is not space...
  • Andy & Chris team to put squeeze on PA tolls (Proof Christie should never be VP or Pres)

    08/16/2011 5:21:13 AM PDT · by GreaterSwiss · 30 replies
    NY Post ^ | 8/16/11 | JOSH MARGOLIN and JENNIFER FERMINO
    Both governors are willing to approve an increase, but are balking at the huge hikes the bistate agency has put forth, according to insiders. But finding a compromise has proved to be more difficult than anyone planned. PA Executive Director Christopher Ward dug in his heels yesterday, issuing a statement defending the drastic hikes of $4 to $7. "We had considered lesser increases," said Ward, saying the agency contemplated hiking tolls by just $2 before realizing it wouldn't produce the needed revenues.
  • State officials want ideas for Grand Parkway

    07/02/2011 5:44:55 AM PDT · by BobL · 27 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | July 2, 2011 | CAROL CHRISTIAN
    State officials are soliciting ideas from private companies to build and operate a large section of the Grand Parkway, a long-planned Houston-area outer loop that has drawn criticism from environmentalists and urban planners. Read more: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7636418.html#ixzz1Qwy2u5gk
  • Rick Perry: A Texan’s ‘exceptionalism’

    06/25/2011 12:11:49 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 163 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 24, 2011 | George Will
    In the 1850s, on the steps of the Waco courthouse, Wallace Jefferson’s great-great-great-grandfather was sold. Today, Jefferson is chief justice of Texas’s Supreme Court. The governor who nominated him also nominated the state’s first Latina justice. Rick Perry, 61, the longest-serving governor in Texas history and, in his 11th year, currently the nation’s senior governor, says these nominations are two of his proudest accomplishments. French cuffs and cowboy boots are, like sauerkraut ice cream, an eclectic combination, but Perry, who wears both, is a potentially potent candidate for the Republican presidential nomination because his political creed is uneclectic, matching that...
  • Rick Perry: Drawing the Lines Clearly

    06/25/2011 2:28:50 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 84 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 25, 2011 | Peter Heck
    Rick Perry may just be the guy. The country's longest tenured governor, from its second-largest state, is generating a lot of buzz in conservative circles as he contemplates entering the wide open Republican presidential primary. There are plenty of reasons that Perry is an attractive option: he is a no-nonsense decision-maker with solid conservative credentials. A man who not only speaks about family values, but lives them, Perry's power to persuade voters to see things his way is proven -- battle-tested in a state known for independent-minded citizens. But what serious political analysts on both sides of the aisle will...
  • The Bell May Toll for Jersey Toll Collectors

    04/25/2011 8:45:27 PM PDT · by TenthAmendmentChampion · 25 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | April 24, 2011 | Arnold Ahlert
    Last Thursday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit in which union workers were seeking to prevent New Jersey from privatizing toll collector jobs on the New Jersey Turnpike, unless those workers got the "right of first refusal" to keep their jobs. But it gets even better: the suit argued that privatization violates workers' First Amendment rights. As part of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's efforts to bring that state back from the brink of fiscal oblivion, privatization of some government operations has become part of the equation. In 2010, a governor's task force recommended that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority,...
  • San Francisco plans tolls between Peninsula and the city (Coming Soon? congestion pricing)

    11/17/2010 10:50:26 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 11/17/10 | Mike Rosenberg
    Peninsula residents are upset about a proposal to charge commuters $6 each weekday to enter and exit San Francisco to the south, calling the plan "a slap in the face," "a crazy idea" and "ridiculous." Already dealing with some of the nation's highest gas prices and, in some cases, hefty parking fees, drivers crossing the San Mateo County-San Francisco border would pay rush hour tolls to fund local transportation upgrades and, in theory, reduce traffic jams, under a proposal by San Francisco officials. Officials said they would spend $60 million to $100 million to set up the electronic system, coupled...
  • Confusion leads to heavy toll fines

    11/16/2010 10:15:45 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 1+ views
    KXAN.com ^ | November 16, 2010 | Doug Shupe
    AUSTIN (KXAN) - KXAN Austin News has uncovered dozens of cases in which unpaid tolls have turned into bills as high as tens of thousands of dollars. Toll roads first came to Central Texas four years ago. There are now a total of five tollways, including Texas Toll 130 in East Travis and Williamson counties. The bottom line is the toll bills were not paid, and they ended up becoming criminal cases. Although drivers can pay with cash at most tolls, use their TxTag or Pay by Mail as the signs say, some drivers contend the last option poses a...
  • Governor-elect Walker targets high-speed rail, road projects

    11/03/2010 11:24:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    The Daily Reporter (Milwaukee) ^ | Novermber 3, 2010 | Marie Rohde
    Gov.-elect Scott Walker, hoarse from his election night celebration, was optimistic on Wednesday that Wisconsin’s high-speed rail project could be stopped and that highway construction projects will move forward under his administration. Just days before the election, state and federal administrators quietly signed a deal committing the state to spending all $810 million in federal stimulus money earmarked for the state to use on the Milwaukee-to-Madison high-speed rail line. While at first blush it would seem the signed commitments would end the discussion, Walker said that may not be the case. “I believe there are a couple of legal options...
  • South Carolina toll road in rare Chapter 9 bankruptcy

    06/27/2010 9:05:52 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 34 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 24, 2010 | Jonathan Stempel
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - The operator of a South Carolina toll highway sought bankruptcy protection on Thursday in a rare filing by a municipal entity under Chapter 9 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.Connector 2000 Association Inc filed for protection with the U.S. bankruptcy court in Spartanburg, South Carolina, with more than $200 million of bonds outstanding, court records showed.The nonprofit had been set up in 1996 by the South Carolina Department of Transportation to operate the 16 mile "Southern Connector" toll road in Greenville County, and build an extension to South Carolina Highway 153, records showed.Revenue, however, fell short of...
  • Transportation Secretary Explains 'Sea Change' He Envisions for U.S. Transportation

    05/05/2010 1:30:38 AM PDT · by Sarajevo · 20 replies · 630+ views
    CNSNews ^ | May 03, 2010 | Christopher Neefus
    (CNSNews.com) – Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Friday that Americans are “tired” of the congestion caused by motorized transportation, and instead are looking for other options such as bicycle lanes and walking paths, which the government will add to its infrastructure.  In this Jan. 28, 2010 file photo, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood listens to a question during a news conference at the Transportation Department in Washington. LaHood said Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2010, Toyota was slow to realize safety problems with its gas pedals that has led to the recall of millions of popular Toyota brands. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez, file“People are sick...
  • O.C. toll road price drops to attract commuters

    03/27/2009 2:38:46 PM PDT · by TruthHound · 9 replies · 507+ views
    L.A. Times ^ | March 27, 2009 | Tony Barboza
    The cost of a 10-mile trip on the 91 Freeway Express Lanes will drop 50 cents during seven time slots through the day starting Wednesday. Officials hope to encourage drivers to use the lanes. In another reflection of the weakening economy and the growing unemployment rate, the price of an Express Lane commute between Orange and Riverside counties is being reduced in a bid to attract more paying customers. Orange County transportation officials Thursday announced reductions to the tolls to enter the 91 Freeway Express Lanes, citing less traffic due to unemployment and the soured economy. Starting Wednesday, the cost...
  • 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...
  • MdTA proposes increases for E-ZPass users, large trucks

    01/06/2009 11:42:27 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 523+ views
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | January 5, 2009 | a Baltimore Sun reporter (yes, it says that in the original)
    E-ZPass users and operators of large trucks will pay more for the use of the state's toll facilities under a series of changes proposed by the Maryland Transportation Authority to offset declines in revenue and increases in the cost of maintenance, Transportation Secretary John D. Porcari said today. Under the proposal given preliminary approval by the authority's board, users of the E-ZPass electronic toll collection system will be charged $1.50 a month for bill processing even if they don't use a toll facility during that month. New and replacement transponders -- the electronic devices placed in vehicles to record tolls...
  • 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...
  • Bailed-Out Bank Goes on Toll Road Buying Binge (Citi)

    12/01/2008 2:50:17 PM PST · by Glenn · 14 replies · 1,055+ views
    The Newspaper ^ | 12/01/2008 | Unattributed
    Bailed out Citigroup fund spends $10 billion buying 44 foreign toll roads. Just one week after receiving a pledge of $306 billion in support from US taxpayers, Citigroup announced the intended $10 billion acquisition of a debt-laden Spanish toll road group. Citi Infrastructure Partners will hand over $3.6 billion in cash and assume $6.3 billion in debt from Sacyr Vallehermoso, the parent company of the Intinere Infraestructuras toll road group. Itinere operates 32 toll roads in Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Portugal and Spain and Ireland. Another twelve concessions are under construction. Sacyr today issued a statement to Spanish investors noting...
  • 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...
  • Anti-toll guerrilla has moved on down the road

    11/19/2008 11:54:28 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies · 845+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | November 17, 2008 | Ben Wear
    Texas politicians who support toll roads won't have Sal Costello to kick them around anymore. Costello and his family moved to a small town in Southern Illinois this summer. He announced it on his blog Sunday, quietly, an adverb seldom associated with Costello in the past. Costello, if you're new around here or have forgotten, was a Southwest Austin graphics designer who in 2004 made a warp-speed trip from obscurity to notoriety after politicians pushed through a plan to build seven more toll roads. The plan included putting tolls on three roads that were already under construction using nothing but...
  • Is Trans-Texas Corridor dead or only undead?

    11/01/2008 7:19:24 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 573+ views
    The Temple Daily Telegram ^ | October 31, 2008 | Fred Afflerbach
    Put a fork in it. That’s what two Texas politicians recently said about the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor. “Everybody in Austin knows it’s dead. Everybody across the state knows it’s dead. It’s just something to be talking about,” House Speaker Tom Craddick, R-Midland, said at a debate in Midland on Oct. 19, according to a published report. But folks fighting the corridor here in Central Texas call it election season bluster. “Yes, they are still planning to do it,” said Mae Smith, Holland mayor. “That’s nothing but political talk. I don’t believe anything Mr. Craddick says, or any politician says prior...
  • Is the Trans Texas Corridor Dead?

    10/28/2008 4:33:47 AM PDT · by wolfcreek · 19 replies · 627+ views
    Austin American Statesman ^ | 10.27.2008 | Ben Wear
    "Everybody in Austin knows it's dead. Everybody across the state knows it's dead. It's just something to be talking about."
  • British Columbia removes tolls but stings truckers with carbon tax

    10/07/2008 7:20:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies · 568+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | October 7, 2008 | David Tanner
    Having tolls removed from a major route in British Columbia, Canada, has taken some of the sting out of the cost of operating a trucking business in that province, but there’s still plenty of sting to go around. In late September, the government removed a $20 truck toll and $10 passenger vehicle toll from the Coquihalla Highway, which connects the city of Hope to Kamloops, B.C., in the Canadian West. Provincial officials said that truckers were pleased with the move, and they were. “Given the price of fuel, truckers are very happy with this,” Bridgitte Anderson, spokeswoman for British Columbia...
  • 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...
  • TxDOT might be in the money again

    09/30/2008 7:43:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 296+ views
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | September 29, 2008 | Ben Wear
    The Texas Department of Transportation, which has alternated between fiscal gluttony and subsistence the past few years, may be about to belly up to a feast again. A feast paid for with money to be borrowed, mind you. Given the state of credit markets, one hesitates to reach for the salt right away. But absent the financial Armageddon that the president and others have been gabbing about, TxDOT might be sitting on an $8 billion stash this time next year. Even in the zero-laden world of government spending, $8 billion would be a significant infusion into TxDOT's budget. Without that...
  • Ogden: TTC plans may be scrapped

    09/12/2008 4:18:04 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 206+ views
    The Taylor Daily Press ^ | September 12, 2008 | Philip Jankowski
    In an interview with the Taylor Daily Press, State Sen. Steve Ogden revealed a possible new course for the controversial Trans-Texas Corridor. Instead of building superhighways across the state, Ogden said, the state may opt to augment the Texas Trunk System, a web of rural highways that includes U.S. 79. The plan would expand those highways to four-lane divided highways, while expanding urban infrastructure with toll roads. “We need to limit that concept to existing highways,” Ogden said of the proposed network of superhighways and tiered rail systems. “I passed a bill last session that did that, but [Gov. Rick...
  • Highway plans spurs formation of group

    09/11/2008 3:32:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 341+ views
    The San Antonio Express-News ^ | September 10, 2008 | Elaine Ayo
    St. Hedwig has homes on large lots and a longtime tradition of rural living. And folks there want to keep it that way. “We want to be able to maintain as best we can the reason we moved out here in the first place,” said Kathy Palmer, the city’s planning and zoning commissioner. But a new master plan and recently updated zoning maps are no match for a proposed route of Trans-Texas Corridor 35 that would slice straight through the city of about 2,000 people and create headaches for several city departments, officials said. With neighboring Wilson County, St. Hedwig...
  • TxDOT seeking public input on project

    09/05/2008 6:13:44 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 375+ views
    The Nueces County Record Star ^ | September 4, 2008 | Staff Reports
    The Texas Department of Transportation is asking Nueces County residents to attend a public meeting in Driscoll to comment and provide input on proposed upgrades of US 77 to a controlled access facility that meets interstate standards. The purpose of the meetings is to review proposed options for upgrading US 77 and to present recommendations, TxDOT officials said. The first round public meetings were held in early March. This second round of public meetings is being held as part of TxDOT's continued effort to gain public input on issues related to proposed improvements and to provide an opportunity for public...
  • Calif. lawmakers OK freeway toll lanes in LA (10 and 110 freeways)

    08/31/2008 8:46:54 AM PDT · by calcowgirl · 55 replies · 939+ views
    KSWT News ^ | August 30, 2008 | AP
    SACRAMENTO (AP) - California lawmakers have approved a bill that would allow drivers to be charged a fee to use car pool lanes on two Los Angeles freeways. The Senate bill passed Saturday would let the Metropolitan Transportation Authority use a $210.6 million federal grant to convert car pool lanes on congested stretches of the 10 and 110 freeways to toll lanes. The fees would vary depending on how bad the traffic is.
  • 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...
  • Texas Lawmaker Talks Toll Roads with Utah Legislature

    08/21/2008 7:45:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies · 240+ views
    KCPW ^ | August 20, 2008 | KCPW News
    (KCPW News) Utah lawmakers took tips on highway funding from a Texas legislator this morning. Texas Republican Representative Mike Krusee joined them on Capitol Hill. He told the Revenue and Taxation Interim Committee that with federal money drying up, the only way to pay for new highways is to make them toll roads. "Guess how many roads pay for themselves in taxes? Zero. Not a one. Most of them are less than 50 percent," said Krusee. "Imagine if you're a grocery a store owner, and you decide, I'm gonna sell sirloin at a buck a pound, and I'm gonna sell...
  • 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...
  • Schwarzenegger hopes to speed border crossings

    08/16/2008 9:02:59 PM PDT · by calcowgirl · 12 replies · 221+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 16, 2008 | Michael Rothfeld
    Governors at an annual conference explore public-private toll lanes to cut wait times between the U.S. and Mexico. Hoping to cut down on wait times at the border, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Friday that he and other governors are exploring the idea of public-private partnerships to construct vehicle toll lanes at entry points between the United States and Mexico. Schwarzenegger raised the issue at the closing of the 26th annual Border Governors Conference, a three-day summit that drew four governors from the United States and six from Mexico. Among the problems the governors agreed to tackle next year was the...
  • Motorists fuming over past-due toll road bills

    08/01/2008 5:33:00 PM PDT · by Entrepreneur · 24 replies · 214+ views
    Fort Worth Star-Telegram ^ | 7/31/2008 | GORDON DICKSON
    More North Texans are coming forward with complaints that a collection agency hired by the Texas Department of Transportation is unfairly demanding large past-due payments for driving on the Texas 121 toll road in Denton and Collin counties. "This is highway robbery," said Brian Wilson of Hurst, who two weeks ago received a bill for $76.60 for a $1.60 toll he incurred on a boating trip to Lake Texoma in June 2007. "This is bureaucracy at its worst. I’ll never use that road again." Texas 121 is the region’s first all-electronic toll road. Toll payments can be made either by...
  • TxDOT strong despite funding cuts

    08/01/2008 6:04:02 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies · 143+ views
    The Wichita Falls Times Record News ^ | August 1, 2008 | Maurel Merette
    “Regardless of losing funding, TxDOT is moving ahead,” said Larry Tegtmeyer, district engineer for the Wichita Falls District of the Texas Department of Transportation during his report Thursday morning to the Texas Transportation Commission. The Texas Transportation Commission is a five-member board appointed by the governor to oversee TxDOT. The commission met Thursday in the J.S. Bridwell Auditorium at Midwestern State University. It was the first time in 12 years that the commission had met in Wichita Falls. Tegtmeyer was enthusiastic about reporting the district’s accomplishments under a tight budget. In November, the Texas Department of Transportation announced budget cuts...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Elected State Transportion Commissioner Proposed (TxDOT sunset review)

    07/16/2008 7:24:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 913+ views
    WOAI ^ | July 15, 2008 | Jim Forsyth
    Member of the Texas Sunset Commission today recommended 'radical' changes in the administration of the Texas Department of Transportation, including placing the troubled and controversial agency into a four year legislative 'receivership' and abolishing the Texas Transportation Commission, which runs TexDOT, and appointment of a Transportation Commissioner who would be answerable to the Legislature, 1200 WOAI news reports. But Sunset Commission member Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon (D-San Antonio) suggested going one step further. "What I am hearing form the public is that they are wanting to see an elected commissioner," she said to loud applause from the TexDOT opponents who...
  • 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...
  • TxDOT In Disarray

    07/09/2008 5:37:16 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies · 179+ views
    KSAT.com ^ | July 8, 2008 | Jim Joslyn
    SAN ANTONIO -- It's official. Texas Department Of Transportation really does need to be more accountable, responsive and transparent. We could all guess what the Sunset Commission finally recognized: TxDOT is out of control and needs to take radical measures to restore trust. Of course, TxDOT promises to do better, but we'll believe it when we see it. They may be so far gone that the only way to fix TxDOT's mess is to disband them altogether and start over. With a Trans-Texas Corridor and toll roads in play, as well as grossly miscalculated budgets, TxDOT needs more oversight now...
  • 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...
  • TxDOT Ready to Sign TTC-69 Comprehensive Development Agreement (CDA)

    06/21/2008 8:45:02 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies · 215+ views
    Corridor Watch email bulletin | June 20, 2008 | Corridor Watch
    The Texas Transportation Commission never fails to amaze us. Bottom line - this leopard has not changed its spots. Nothing has changed. The Commission and TxDOT are hell bent to sign deals and give away the farm before the legislature can rein them in. Rain, sleet and snow won't stop the mail; and, moratoriums, legislative intent and a sunset review won't stop TxDOT. Just a week ago TxDOT tried to impress everyone with how responsive they could be as they announced their recommendation that TTC-69 focus on using existing facilities rather than building a new highway. The only thing that...
  • TxDOT will recommend no new roads for I-69/TTC

    06/20/2008 5:54:37 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 239+ views
    The Nueces County Record Star ^ | June 19, 2008 | Tim Olmeda
    The controversial project known as Interstate 69/TransTexas Corridor became a little less so last week after the Texas Department of Transportation announced it would recommend utilizing existing highway routes rather than building new ones. The announcement comes after months of public meetings during which residents along the path of the proposed path of Interstate 69/TTC voiced varying concerns. TxDOT has designated four priority corridors to address the state's transportation needs in the next decade. "The preliminary basis for this decision centers on the review of nearly 28,000 public comments made on the Tier One Draft Environmental Impact Statement," TxDOT Executive...