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Archive for February, 2006

MPO & Larson hear from us on signal timing on 281

Tuesday, February 28th, 2006

Melody Sosa had this to say at the MPO Transportation Policy Board yesterday… I am from Houston and have experienced living near a toll road. I asked them if they have done an economic impact study to see what the effect of a toll road will be on the businesses and property values of this […]

2004 Original Plan for Hwy 281

Monday, February 27th, 2006

Here is the original improvement plan TxDOT was showing in public meetings for neighborhoods along the Hwy 281 corridor for the last 6 years. This is the plan that was thrown in the trash pile and repackaged into the proposed toll plans for the region. Note the “letting dates” of 2003 and 2004 for the […]

Foreign management of highways the same as Dubai port deal

Monday, February 27th, 2006

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CITIZENS SEE FOREIGN MANAGEMENT OF OUR HIGHWAYS AS THE SAME AS DUBAI PORT DEAL San Antonio, TX, February 27, 2006 – With debate swirling over the foreign management of our public ports still in the headlines, a group of concerned citizens who have united under the banner of San Antonio Toll […]

URGENT! Precinct Conventions: get resolution against tolls in your Party’s platform March 7!

Friday, February 24th, 2006

In Party politics, there is something called “precinct conventions” held in even numbered years to determine each Party’s platform. We have the unique opportunity to shape each Party’s platform to include a resolution against tolling existing freeways and rights of way and a prohibition against handing over publicly-owned, tax-funded freeways to private companies for private […]

See who voted to toll existing roads

Friday, February 24th, 2006

See it on the Capitol web site here. (PDF) Scroll down to the bottom of page 5858 to see yeas and nays… Portion of HB 2702 that addresses converting existing highways into toll roads – SECTION 2.36. Chapter 228, Transportation Code, is amended by adding Subchapter E to read as follows: SUBCHAPTER E. LIMITATION ON […]

TxDOT sits on $820 mil of gas taxes earmarked for toll roads, not free roads

Friday, February 24th, 2006

Feast your eyes on TxDOT’s assets. “Mobility” is code for “toll” projects. Note TxDOT has $820 million sitting there in the state treasury earmarked NOT for FREE roads, but toll roads. It’s outrageous that our gas tax funds are being hijacked to build toll roads we won’t be able to drive on without paying a […]

Sobering Silence of Transportation Commission

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

Friday’s front page of Metro section It was dead silent. You could hear a pin drop when I approached the podium until I left it at the conclusion of my remarks. A small cabal of supporters, who had made the sacrifice and who had flexible enough schedules to attend a Texas Transportation Commission meeting Thursday, […]

Driscoll’s blog on Transportation Commission testimony today

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

See his blog here. NOTE: Williamsonn called some of my statements “unsubstantiated,” but everyone there knows that what I presented is the truth! Our statements are well-substantiated by TxDOT’s own web site, TxDOT documents, public hearings, stats on the Comptroller’s web site and other sources, lots of them! See the presentation for yourself and you […]

Transportation Commission Presentation

Thursday, February 23rd, 2006

View the presentation (PDF) We presented our views at the monthly Transportation Commission meeting today. Here is a PDF of the presentation. Event photos Oh, and for those “naysayers” sitting behind us at this presentation… Yes, SR-91 in CA (TxDOT’s poster child for tolling existing highways) WAS purchased back from the private company by the […]

North Carolina comes to TX to follow blueprint to toll roads

Tuesday, February 21st, 2006

Today Texas Against Tolls supporters in Austin area were listening to KLBJ-AM news this morning and heard a report with words like this: A delegation from North Carolina is coming down to Austin to find out how the “folks here” have figured out how to put tolls on roads. They want to find out how […]


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