The people of this community have expressed time and again in every way available to them that they DO NOT want toll roads. With tourism such a major industry and economic engine for our region and the adverse impacts of a high cost of transportation on the region’s economy, toll roads are not the right [...]
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Bruce Davidson, author of the column below, heads the Editorial Board at the Express-News. He, and the paper (as evidenced by their coverage since they laid off the excellent, unbiased, and very fair transportation reporter Pat Driscoll), are sold out on tolls. This is one of many editorials that read like an RMA press release. [...]
Link to article here.
Note how Austin’s toll revenue projections are cut by more than HALF in their long-range plan. Also of note is the acknowledgment that selling our highways to foreign companies in “concession” deals has fallen out of favor with the legislature. That’s due to the grassroots’ blowback over the last 4-5 years. Stay [...]
The fact the MPO could not get a single contractor to do an independent study for a non-toll option on 281 (and 1604 was added by an amendment by Rep. David Leibowitz) shows the whole process is severely tainted and that non-toll options will not be given any serious consideration as federal law requires. It’s [...]
Link to article here. McNeil “Those people can afford the tolls” McNeil, who’s trying to oust Good Guy Tommy Adkisson from office (more how McNeil stole the MPO chairmanship from Adkisson here), has a supporter offering to “buy” votes to reward people for voting for McNeil. It’s highly illegal, but do you think anyone will [...]
Link to article slamming Adkisson here.
Op/Ed on Express-News attack of Good Guy Tommy Adkisson
By Terri Hall
Your editorial attacking the leadership of Commissioner Tommy Adkisson couldn’t be more off-base. Adkisson has jumped-in to defend the disenfranchised in our community by LEADING the way in keeping our freeways toll-free. When thousands of San Antonians have spoken [...]
URGENT ACTION NEEDED IN SAN ANTONIO!
Eye-popping 37 toll projects put into local MPO plan; 18 will put TX roads under foreign control!
Vote to adopt it is Monday, December 7.
EMAIL the MPO Board here: Listen@TexasTURF.org
Urge them to…
1) REMOVE toll roads and CDAs (contracts that hand our TX roads to foreign toll operators in [...]
UPDATE: It’s been brought to our attention that there are actually 57 toll projects in the plan. The MPO adopted the plan December 3, 2009.
Eye-popping 37 toll projects appear in MPO’s new plan, 18 to come under foreign control
Taxpayers’ revolt ahead of Monday vote
(San Antonio, TX, December 3, 2009) While San Antonians were [...]
It’s a HUGE VICTORY for taxpayers that one Bexar County toll project, Wurzbach Parkway’s completion, has been nixed and reverted back to a non-toll project. However, putting Wurzbach Pkwy’s completion above the fix to the unbearable congestion nightmare on US 281 and the west and east sides of Loop 1604 is inexplicable. On October 26, [...]
Talk about misleading…the claim that there is no valid non-toll plan for US 281 is flatly UNTRUE. Go here to see the TxDOT documents for a $100 million gas tax funded plan distributed in public hearings in 2001 that were also adopted into the MPO’s plans for 5 years before being turned into a $1.3 [...]