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Archive for December, 2008

USDOT misreports dip, sustainability of gas tax revenue

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Link to article here. US DOT Misreports Gasoline Tax Revenue Motor fuel excise tax revenue was up $185 million in 2008, not down, contrary to US Department of Transportation claims. December 23, 2008 The The US Department of Transportation (US DOT) has falsely suggested that the nationwide drop in vehicle miles traveled is endangering […]

Transportation agencies may merge, allowing vote on toll roads

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Link to article here. Voters may get say on toll roads By Pat Driscoll Express-News December 20, 2008 Talks are gaining steam to abolish San Antonio’s fledging toll-road agency and give voters a long-demanded say-so on toll roads.Shuttering the five-year-old Alamo Regional Mobility Authority, which still is several years away from opening a toll road, […]

Bush unleashes highest possible “market-based” tolls nationwide

Friday, December 19th, 2008

This last minute rule change MANDATES market-based tolling nationwide. Remember, it started here in Texas with the counterfeit moratorium bill, SB 792, that Rick Perry signed into law with glee largely due to the market-based tolling provision. It unleashed the MOST EXPENSIVE transportation tax on Texas and, as we predicted, across the country. Market-based tolls […]

Commission supports TxDOT overhaul

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Read the story here Our own Mel Borel attended the meeting along with several other TURF supporters and does a great job during the interview! Thanks Mel! Lawmakers want outside review, one commissioner Last Edited: Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008, 8:16 PM CST Created On: Tuesday, 16 Dec 2008, 4:56 PM CST Jenny Hoff AUSTIN (KXAN) […]

Sunset Commission votes to abolish Transportation Commission

Wednesday, December 17th, 2008

Link to article here. The Commission was divided on whether TxDOT’s head should be elected. Perry has too many well-placed cronies. Sunset Commission Chairman Rep. Carl Isett tried to place an albatross over any effort to get TxDOT directly answerable to the PEOPLE of Texas by making the agency head be an elected position. San […]

Illinois Governor arrested for toll project in exchange for campaign cash

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008

Link to article here. Illinois Governor Blagojevich Saw Personal Green in Toll Lane Idea Illinois governor arrested for approving a toll lane project in return for campaign cash. The December 10, 2008 The green in Governor Rod R. Blagojevich’s “Green Lane” tolling proposal was headed to the pocket of the Illinois Democrat, according to […]

Capital Area MPO steals money from 183A toll road to fund 290 toll road

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Link to article here. Vote frees NE Austin tollway project to move ahead in 2009 Transportation officials approve financial pairing of U.S. 290, 183-A By Ben Wear AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF Tuesday, December 02, 2008 Transportation officials decided to create a financial marriage between two toll roads Monday, a move that could allow the U.S. 290 East […]

Guerra: 281 toll road study needs trustworthy agency

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008

Link to article here. Time for a new participant in toll-road controversy: AACOG By Carlos Guerra Express-News 12/02/2008 Amazing how an already long tale keeps growing, all because we refuse to deal with the reality of our drinking water. Commuters who drive into town via U.S. 281 know all about long morning waits. Of course, […]

Citigroup spends bailout money to buy debt-ridden toll roads

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Link to article here. Bailed-Out Bank Goes on Toll Road Buying Binge Bailed out Citigroup fund spends $10 billion buying 44 foreign toll roads. The December 1, 2008 Just one week after receiving a pledge of $306 billion in support from US taxpayers, Citigroup announced the intended $10 billion acquisition of a debt-laden Spanish […]

TxDOT public relations, lobbying arm questioned

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008

Link to article here. Read the damaging evidence TURF’s lawsuit to stop TxDOT’s illegal lobbying and ad campaign to promote toll roads and the Trans Texas Corridor uncovered here. TxDOT spends $10.5 million to inform public Key legislator takes issue with how agency’s money is spent By PEGGY FIKAC Copyright 2008 Houston Chronicle Austin Bureau […]


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