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Archive for March, 2009

Nichols pushes propaganda to convince public he’s banned conversions

Saturday, March 28th, 2009

Link to article here. Note Nichols’ words very carefully: “It ensures that the free lanes, even though they’re moved off to the side, still have the same traffic flow they had before the toll lanes were built“…that means you get no improvements to any freeways. If your highway has stoplights at the crossovers causing congestion […]

Nichols’ senate bill expands loopholes to toll existing freeways

Friday, March 27th, 2009

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Senate bill opens NEW loophole to toll existing highways Friday, March 27, 2009 – SB 220 authored by Senator Robert Nichols actually opens a NEW loophole that would allow existing highway lanes to be tolled and the free lanes to be subsequently downgraded to access roads. This bill would legalize the conversions of […]

Commissioners want to get rid of RMA before state interferes

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Link to article here. Web Posted: 03/26/2009 12:00 CDT Bexar County may beat state at retooling toll road agency Jaime Castillo – Jaime Castillo, San Antonio Express-News A major bill being pushed by San Antonio Democratic Rep. Ruth Jones McClendon to consolidate several agencies dealing with local transportation policy hasn’t even been assigned to a […]

Superstreet gets green light at MPO

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Link to article here. 03/24/2009 Stimulus may bring some relief to U.S. 281 By Scott Huddleston – Express-News Leaders with the Metropolitan Planning Organization agreed Monday to direct nearly $23 million in federal stimulus money to street projects aimed at reducing congestion on U.S. 281 North and creating new jobs on the Southwest Side. The […]

“Local option” bill with menu of tax increases faces opposition

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Link to article here. Funding for North Texas roads, rail faces rising opposition By Dave Montgomery Star-Telegram March 21, 2009 AUSTIN — A month after it was introduced with a burst of fanfare from North Texas officials, supporters of a major transportation funding bill are now confronting the challenges of trying to advance the measure […]

Bait & switch interchange…red herring to NOT fix 281 north

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Link to article here. Read our complete press release here. 03/21/2009 Toll road debate heats up — again By Craig Kapitan – Express-News Two factions that have harbored a running argument in recent years over the fate of a congested stretch of U.S. 281 just beyond North Loop 1604 are at it again. Each side […]

Local government supports litany of transportation taxes

Saturday, March 21st, 2009

Link to article here. Well, of course, proponents outnumbered opponents because the proponents were government officials testifying in favor of tax hikes on their constituents! There were either paid to be there or traveled there on the taxpayers’ dime. Those against are in the tens of thousands but don’t have the luxury of taking time […]

RMA launches web site in repsonse to

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

Link to news report here. Here is the TURF response to the RMA’s propaganda. Read about Operation: Meltdown the Phones here. Alamo RMA Opens Web Site Touting Toll Roads Opposition Groups Planning Friday Response Thursday, March 19, 2009 SAN ANTONIO — The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority is taking their case for various Highway 281 improvements […]

Feeding frenzy…taxpayer funded lobbying in FULL view

Thursday, March 19th, 2009

If ever there was a display of the ugly realities of politics today, it was at Senator John Carona’s Transportation Committee hearing on his “local option” menu of new taxes. Virtually EVERY county judge, mayor, and local transportation official traveled to Austin to lobby for more of YOUR money on the taxpayer’s dime! The stack […]

Editorial: Texans at transportation crossroads

Monday, March 16th, 2009

Link to editorial here. Dixon: Don’t let the Legislature take a wrong turn when it comes to transportation Don P. Dixon, SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR Austin American Statesman Wednesday, March 11, 2009 A secret hides in the midst of Texas Road Policy, and it doesn’t just stop at money siphoning, conversion of public roads to toll roads […]


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