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  • Lawmakers advance bill to remove Trans-Texas Corridor wording from state statutes

    05/25/2011 10:07:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 24, 2011 | Ben Wear
    Will the governor sign the death certificate for his brainchild? The House unanimously voted late Monday to accept Senate changes to House Bill 1201, Rep. Lois Kolkhorst's legislation that would remove all references to the Trans-Texas Corridor from state statutes. And, oh yes, allow an 85 mph speed limit on certain roads completed after June. The bill now goes to Gov. Rick Perry for his signature, or his veto. For now, the only road likely to qualify for the 85 mph limit will be the southern 40 miles of the Texas 130 tollway, now under construction between the southeast outskirts...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...