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Archive for July, 2009

Toll rates hiked 80% to fund light rail

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Link to article here. Note from a friend who used to love in D.C.: Dulles Airport is connected to Washington by a toll road. The toll road authority has promised to sell $2.5 billion of new toll bonds. The money will be given to the Airport Authority to build a $5 billion light rail line […]

Toll opponents score a BIG one with Adkisson retaining power

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Link to article here. 07/29/2009 Board’s toll-road backers suffer loss with vote Scott Stroud – Express-News Columnist After taking over as chairman of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, one of several local entities with a lot to say about San Antonio’s transportation future, Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson vowed to “declare war” on gobbledygook. But when […]

New MPO Chair: “I will leverage heaven and earth” to fix 281 & 1604

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

Link to article here. 07/28/2009 MPO boss’ power remains intact By Josh Baugh – Express-News Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson, a toll-road opponent and environmentalist, took over as chairman of the Metropolitan Planning Organization on Monday and dodged an attempt to dilute his agenda-setting authority.Adkisson was in line for the chairmanship two years ago but […]

Adkisson elected Chair, declares war on toll roads

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

IMMEDIATE RELEASE Grassroots hail new Chair of MPO Adkisson retains power to set agenda, declares war on toll roads San Antonio, TX, Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – Commissioner Tommy Adkisson officially became Chair of the San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Monday, but not without the usual powerplays and controversy that have surrounded toll […]

Power grab at MPO…AGAIN! Plot to neuter toll opponent, Adkisson

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

07/25/2009 Toll-road opponent set to lead MPO By Josh Baugh – Express-News Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson, a toll-road critic and environmentalist, is poised to lead San Antonio’s Metropolitan Planning Organization, the agency that oversees how $200 million in federal transportation funds are spent in Bexar County.Whether Adkisson’s leadership will change the MPO’s bearings, however, […]

Toll authority approves immediate 32% rate hike, automatic hikes every two years!

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

Link to article here. The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) is literally drowning in debt and can’t make it’s debt service payments without raising toll rates 32% in a down economy, yet it’s hard to feel sorry for them when they acted like high rollers on the taxpayers dime with its $42,000 junket to Austria. […]

TxDOT to forgive toll fines…but just this once

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Link to article here. This is a one-sided, TxDOT slanted story. When TxDOT isn’t sending the toll bills to the right address, when they send you to collections after the first notice, when they fine the owners of the vehicles and not the actual driver’s who commit the offense, and when they refuse to negotiate […]

Government could “deactivate” your vehicle for failure to pay road taxes

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Link to article here. This sobering and frightening scenario is just over the horizon unless citizens wake-up and put a stop to it! Government control goes that extra mile By Henry Lamb World Net Daily July 11, 2009 Sara was late for work. The alarm clock didn’t alarm, the kids were unusually slow getting ready […]

Foreign-owned toll roads not dead yet…lawmakers vow to resurrect

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

Link to article here. Mr. “Pro-Toll Tax” and lobbyist-in-chief, Bill Noble, needs to do a simple glance at our web site to see we’re all about non-toll solutions and have offered them for years. They don’t like our solutions, so they dismiss them. However, the taxpayers deserve the most affordable transportation solutions, not the most […]

Nichols deliberately misleads about ties to TTC lobbyist to protect private toll operators

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Link to story and to view the two-part news video, go here. This CBS News expose of Senator Robert Nichols’ efforts to protect private toll road investors instead of taxpayers is spot-on. However, Senator Kevin Eltife says he’s against foreign-owned toll roads on camera, but he voted FOR every bill and amendment that would hand […]


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