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Archive for November, 2005

JUDGE WOLFF DICTATES: “Tolls are coming so get used to them”

Tuesday, November 29th, 2005

The fact that Judge Wolff chose to make toll roads a centerpiece of his state of the county address today, and his attempts to make toll roads sound inevitable only confirms that the LOCAL part of this toll road nightmare comes straight from his office WITHOUT A VOTE OF THE PEOPLE! Judge Wolff’s comments today […]

Congress will tax alt fuels as fuel efficiency decreases gas tax. Meanwhile, we still pay gas tax for highways despite claims it’s disappearing!

Saturday, November 26th, 2005

Link to article here. The more you drive, the more you pay? Web Posted: 11/26/2005 12:33 AM CST Jim Abrams Associated Press WASHINGTON — Taxing hybrids and other fuel-efficient cars and billing drivers for miles driven are among the approaches being suggested to avert a shortfall in money to maintain the nation’s highways. Less than […]

Toll Roads a Scheme to Merge North and South America?

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Sounds too nutty to be true, but the idea seems backed-up by a recent news clip in the October 28 issue of the San Antonio Business Journal (page 9, in the Week at a Glance not available by link) that describes Kelly USA as the new “Port of San Antonio for trade with Mexico.” Councilman […]

Indianapolis & Delaware also under toll assault

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Our fellow Americans feel our pain as their government converts public highways into private monopolies against the public good. See this article on Indiana. See this article on Delaware.

Aussie Analyst says toll roads heading for trouble

Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

This is the print version of this story. Australian Broadcasting Corporation TV PROGRAM TRANSCRIPT LOCATION: Link here. Broadcast: 20/10/2005 Cross City Tunnel documents released Reporter: Emma Alberici KERRY O’BRIEN: Welcome to the program. 2,000 pages of contractual detail is not the stuff of best sellers, but right now there’s plenty of eager readers poring over […]

Alamo RMA Taps City Hall Insider As New Exec Director

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

Well, it’s official. The Alamo RMA (Regional Mobility Authority–the tolling authority) has chosen a new Executive Director, city hall insider, former City Manager Terry Brechtel. She’s certainly a well-liked figure by many, but she doesn’t have transportation experience. Unfortunately, she’s being thrown into yet another cauldron of political heat. The voters have expressed their distrust […]

PERRY’S TOLLING AUTHORITY POWER GRAB GOES DOWN IN FLAMES

Wednesday, November 9th, 2005

Wow! Wow again! Do y’all realize what we just did? We defeated a statewide proposition (Prop 9) going up against BIG, well-funded highway interests. Only 1% of all propositions get defeated in Texas! AMAZING WORK EVERYONE! Thank you to ALL of the outstanding citizens who tirelessly worked to get the word out, especially our grassroots […]

Aussies want to scrap public-private partnerships due to secrecy, loss of transparency

Tuesday, November 8th, 2005

Tunnel path altered ‘without approval’ Ean Higgins The Autralian 08nov05 THE private consortium building Sydney’s controversy-plagued Lane Cove Tunnel secretly changed its route without seeking approval or informing the local council. Had the company stuck to the plan approved by the council, a block of apartments seriously damaged by a tunnel cave-in last week would […]

MPO Director gets a high-priced job at firm with ties to toll industry after she helped $500 million in public money get earmarked for toll roads

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Read about it here.

Local control is smoke & mirrors as TxDOT railroads another city council

Monday, November 7th, 2005

Read about it here.

   
   

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