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Toll roads not a good fit for San Antonio

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

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 […]

Express-News sold out for tolls

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

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. […]

Study of non-toll plan for 281 nixed

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

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 […]

NTTA bailout saddles taxpayers with toxic debt

Thursday, March 4th, 2010

Last week, both the Texas Transportation Commission (TTC) and the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) approved a deal to use ALL Texas taxpayers (our state gas taxes) as collateral for toll roads in North Texas. Highway 161, a road to primarily benefit the Dallas Cowboys (Hwy 161 is the main pathway to its new stadium), […]

Toll agency lawyer disbarred

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

Link to article here. Nielson is a prime example of the revolving door syndrome that dominates transportation/toll issues. He’s not unlike former State Rep. Mike Krusee who nows lobbies his ex-colleagues for big bucks. These guys just get recycled from one job to the next, using their connections from elected office to exploit taxpayers… Toll […]

Toll authority lobbies to end citizen legal challenges to unwanted toll roads

Friday, January 15th, 2010

This excerpt from the story pretty well sums up our thoughts on this obvious attempt to railroad UNWANTED toll projects upon taxpayers by removing genuine legal challenges, the only method they listen to and the only method that has worked so far: “There’s a reason why they have public comment and review periods,” Hall said. […]

Interchange at 281/1604 to cost TWICE as much as it should?

Wednesday, January 13th, 2010

Let’s try to compare apples to apples in order to demonstrate how egregious the fiscal malfeasance is here… The 410/281 interchange that opened not even two years ago, included ALL 8 ramps (northbound and southbound connectors) for $155 million (see article below from June 2008). Now the 281/1604 interchange project being built by the tolling […]

One toll project defeated, but misplaced priorities prevent non-toll fix to most congested roadways

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

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, […]

Express-News, Wolff mislead public about non-toll plan for 281

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

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 […]

Tolling Exec pulls $10,000 bonus in down economy

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

While the average Texan is thankful to have a paycheck, even if it’s a shrinking one, the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority (ARMA) has been living large getting across the board 5% pay increases (FY 2008-2009, with another 5% budgeted for merit increases that were never paid out), and the Executive Director, Terry Brechtel, raking in […]

   
   

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