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Archive for September, 2006

“Hands Across the Corridor” a smashing success and show of solidarity!

Saturday, September 30th, 2006

View all event photos Today, more than 100 people gathered at the Alamo to take a stand against overbearing and abusive government as evidenced in the privatizing and tolling of our existing FREEways and Rick Perry’s massive Trans Texas Corridor, a 4,000 mile network of toll roads taking 580,000 of private Texas land and putting […]

Strayhorn reaction to Perry finally opening the SECRET contract

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 28, 2006 Statement from Strayhorn Campaign in Anticipation of the Long-Overdue Public Disclosure of Toll Road Contract (Austin) – “For 16 months Rick Perry has fought to keep Texans in the dark and his contract with a foreign-owned company to build toll roads across Texas a secret,” said Mark Sanders, […]

US 281 to become mini Trans Texas Corridor?

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

News on US 281 from a supporter turned reporter… “Approximately 250 people attended last night’s TxDOT public meeting on the expansion of Hwy. 281 from the Guadalupe to just past Highway 306. Greg Malatek, David Castell, Clay Smith from TxDOT were there as well as Comal County Commissioners Jay Millikin and Jan Kennady. The County […]

TxDOT releases SECRET contract: victory for the PEOPLE!

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

This is a guarded victory for open and transparent government and for the PEOPLE of Texas who have created the political pressure to make it happen! Until we wade through the 1,600 page document, we’re not certain if the financial details and totality of control this Governor handed Spanish-owned Cintra. The timing of this, 40 […]

“Truth Be Tolled” documentary on tolls & the TTC debuts

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

Read KSAT 12 coverage here. See the link to the Truth Be Tolled web site right on their home page (on the right). Government has figured out a way to make money on public infrastructure. The plan is to convert existing Texas roadways into tollways and hand them over to foreign interests without a public […]

Toll Party editorial on Hwy 46 expansion

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

Link to article here. Texas 46 expansion doesn’t need to be massive By Terri Hall The Herald-Zeitung Published September 26, 2006 I don’t believe anyone is against making Texas 46 more safe and less congested. It’s how to do it that’s up for debate. The project went from four lanes in April to six lanes […]

Macquarie-owned toll road in VA set to DOUBLE tolls, citizens revolt!

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Link to article here. Note the statements of these elected officials about how these tolls punish commuters, and hurt people dependent on these roads with no other alternatives (and, no, Mr. Governor, frontage roads aren’t equivalent alternative expressways). Where are the Texas elected officials saying the same thing? When government inks binding contracts for 50+ […]

Colorado developer wants toll road eerily similar to TTC, calls in Halliburton to intimidate landowners

Friday, September 22nd, 2006

Link to New York Times article here. Note how this corridor is to include utilities and rail (sound familiar, like the Trans Texas Corridor?). Also, it mentions public-private partnerships (how much you wanna bet it’s foreign investors, too) which allows this developer to use the State’s eminent domain powers to condemn the land over the […]

Williamson unplugged at Commission hearings that report to Congress

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Link to article here. Williamson is in rare form as usual…confusing the constant steady fury of taxpayers that’s been bubbling for more than two years with “love.” And the guy speaking for TTI called the “nation’s premier annual congestion study” is a farce since TTI pulled its own index this year to rework its flawed […]

Strayhorn Op-Ed lays out her opposition to tolls, SECRET contracts, foreign management & lays out a common sense plan to fix it

Thursday, September 21st, 2006

Link to Strayhorn’s editorial here. Link to competing editorial by ex-Transportation Commissioner here. This is the same guy who said we need all these toll roads AND we need to raise the gas tax AND to tie the gas tax to inflation at last September’s Transportation Leadership Forum here in San Antonio. Strayhorn: On the […]

   
   

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