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Archive for May, 2006

Multi-part series on toll roads in Denver Post: Tolls a risky scheme, only benefits the few

Tuesday, May 30th, 2006

The Denver Post did a multi-part expose’ on toll roads that was also highlighted on Pat Driscoll’s blog here. Read this very crucial series here: Suspicious money trail Oregon’s fee experiment Paved with bad projections Eminent domain abuse Risky financial scheme only benefits the few

Toll roads create second class citizens forced to drive on roads that are less safe

Thursday, May 25th, 2006

Link to article here. The real cost of toll roads could be American lives By Jim Hall May 25, 2006 USA Today As you hit the roads this Memorial Day weekend, you might notice that you’re paying more to drive. And no, I don’t mean for gas. All over the country, state governments are building […]

Gas-price impact on toll roads feared

Wednesday, May 24th, 2006

Link to article here. Gas-price impact on toll roads feared 05/24/2006 By Patrick Driscoll Express-News Staff Writer Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson doesn’t care much for toll roads anyway, but now he has a new worry. Perennially high gas prices could prove to be a sure damper for growing traffic congestion as motorists flee to […]

Congress to be briefed on privatizing and tolling public infrastructure

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Highways Financing Highway Infrastructure Through Public Private Partnerships Wednesday, May 24th @ 9:30 AM Room 2167, Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. – A Congressional hearing on Wednesday will focus on the potential for utilizing public private partnerships to help meet future highway infrastructure financing needs. The hearing by […]

TxDOT Open for Business Workshops…Texas is for sale!

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

The intent can’t be any clearer, our government intends to sell Texas to the highest bidder, regardless of the consequences like the highest possible tolls for our citizens, loss of control, foreign management of our public infrastructure, and the secret contracts (see this and this). TxDOT OPEN FOR BUSINESS June 5, 2006 1:00 p.m. – […]

MPO: Delay on gas price study; TxDOT: "I

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

CHAIRMAN RICHARD PEREZ MAKES ADKISSON JUMP THROUGH SPECIAL HOOPS Apparently MPO Chair Councilman Richard Perez, has a different set of rules for Commissioner Adkisson to place an item on the agenda than for TxDOT, school districts, and other parties who get agenda items placed on the MPO agenda without having to bring it to the […]

Toll Road “Safety”

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

And I thought toll roads were safer?

State employees fill-up on taxpayers’ dime

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

Link to Texas Insider here. More examples of government waste on the taxpayers’ dime! This time it’s state employees filling up their gas tanks at our expense. We’re supposed to trust these people? What happened to Reagan’s wise policy to ” trust but verify”? A Few Gallons on the State’s Dime by Drew Gaut, Evergreen […]

Leon Valley battles tolls

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

Link to article here. Note: The article states that TxDOT only plans to generate enough revenue from the toll roads to equal a 2 cent gas tax hike! So why are they building these behemoth corridors with more lanes than we need, and charging us nearly twice as much to build, maintain and operate toll […]

Barron’s Magazine: Foreigners are anteing up big bucks for U.S. toll roads

Sunday, May 21st, 2006

Barron’s Toll Article published May 8, 2006. This cover story hits the nail on the head when it says: “America’s toll roads, better known for political patronage than for strong business and financial management, suddenly are HOT assets.” Yep, as we’ve contended all along, this is about a money grab and greedy politicians fleecing the […]

   
   

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