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Archive for February, 2009

Thorton LIES! Said 281 non-toll if got stimulus money, then still tolls

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

There can be no doubt about the intentions of our corrupt UN-elected transportation officials. They will lie, cheat, and steal to convert our freeways into tollways, even when they’re paid for. Chair of the tolling authority, the Alamo Regional Mobility Authority (ARMA), Bill Thornton promised motorists if it got stimulus funds for 281, it WOULD […]

Stimulus funds for toll roads a DOUBLE TAX rip-off!

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Link to article here. In an almost inexplicable heist of stimulus funds, many elected officials and TxDOT alike are salivating over the opportunity to subsidize their toll projects that can’t stand on their own two feet. Not only is it a DOUBLE TAX to use public money to build it and then charge an extra […]

Orlando: Grand Jury report released in wake of toll hikes

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Link to article here. Grand Jury Report Released As Toll Hike Planned Expressway Authority Approves Toll Hike February 26, 2009 WESH.com ORLANDO, Fla. — A grand jury report released on Friday accuses the former head of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority of improperly using his power and influence. Allan Keen is accused of using expressway […]

Woman gets $11,000 toll road bill!

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Link to article here. Woman receives toll road bill for more than $11,500 2/25/2009 By: Bob Robuck News 8 Austin Samone Murray handles a stack of bills from TxDOT. It all began with a woman who received a $4,000 bill from the Texas Department of Transportation for toll road usage and penalties. Now, another woman […]

Tolls still on table for interchange at 281/1604

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Link to Express-News article here. Link to WOAI news story here. Trying to have it both ways… “It is not going to be a toll project,” RMA Chair Bill Thornton told the Express-News. On the SAME day, Thornton told WOAI radio, “One of the contingencies that TxDOT has tied to that money, though, is that […]

Ft. Bend Commissioners vote for control of Grand Parkway

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

Link to article here. After Heated Debate, Court Takes Step Proponents Say May Put Parkway Under Local Control Ft. Bend News February 24, 2009 By Bob Dunn Over strenuous objections by two members, Fort Bend County Commissioners Court approved a complex agreement proponents said gives county officials their best shot at controlling development of the […]

Overpass to nowhere, a stimulus bill fiasco

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

IMMEDIATE RELEASE AGUA/TURF question status of 281/1604 interchange, stimulus funds San Antonio, TX, February 23, 2009 – AGUA and TURF have concerns about the status of the 281/1604 interchange in light of the Metropolitan Planning Organization’s (MPO) vote today to submit it as a “shovel ready” project for stimulus funds. “While we welcome ANY non-toll […]

Obama nixes charge by mile idea

Friday, February 20th, 2009

Link to article here. Obama Nixes Mileage Tax Idea President Says He Won’t Adopt Policy Considered By Transportation Chief By Associated Press WASHINGTON, Feb. 20, 2009 President Barack Obama will not adopt a policy to tax motorists based on how many miles they drive instead of how much gasoline they buy, his chief spokesman said […]

Blatant taxpayer-funded lobbying by local govt for transportation tax hikes

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Link to article here. As if TxDOT’s lobbying for toll roads on the taxpayer’s dime isn’t bad enough (read about our lawsuit to stop it), local government gets off scott-free since their thievery has been deemed legal by default. We MUST DEMAND and end to taxpayer funded lobbying on ALL levels of government! Sun, Feb. […]

No free ride for TxDOT in the Texas House

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

Link to article here. TxDOT had better be ready for this pit bull… No free ride for TxDOT in the Texas House San Antonio Express-News By Patrick Driscoll on Feb 16, 2009 State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, once said the Texas Department of Transportation’s strong-arming to push toll roads on local communities could come back […]

   
   

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