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Archive for August, 2009

Sale of Texas roads to foreign entities dies

Monday, August 31st, 2009

In one of the best developments Texas taxpayers have had all year, the authority to enter into contracts that sell-off Texas freeways to foreign corporations, called Comprehensive Development Agreements (CDAs or PPPs), expired August 31. Spoiling the good news is the fact that about a dozen CDAs were removed from the moratorium placed on CDAs […]

Trans Texas Corridor TTC-35 still alive and well

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Link to article here. Looks like Rick Perry’s Trans Texas Corridor is still alive and well to me…(see end of article). Also, looks like TxDOT can get FREEWAY improvements paid for when they set their minds to it. Note the many pots of money… I-35 Strike Force Formation Discussed August 31, 2009 Hillsboro Reporter Staying […]

Two cities to challenge San Antonio toll roads

Monday, August 31st, 2009

Link to article here. You may remember we’ve been working with American Stewards of Liberty (formerly Stewards of the Range) on forming these subregional planning commissions all over the state, called 391 commissions. We refer to them as 391 commissions because that’s where the authority to form them comes from in the local government code. […]

Hank Gilbert running for Governor

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Link to article here. Hank has served on the Board of TURF for several years and has fought alongside us to STOP Rick Perry’s Trans Texas Corridor, the sale of TX roads to Spain (CDAs), and the proliferation of toll roads. He is President of the Piney Woods Subregional Planning Commission formed to stop the […]

Divide & Conquer: the 281 nightmare continues

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

First decode the jargon: ARMA = Alamo Regional Mobility Authority (ARMA), a misleading name for tolling authority, whenever you hear “mobility” it’s code for tolling MPO = Metropolitan Planning Organization is the local transportation planning board NEPA = National Environmental Policy Act, federal law that guides environmental review for highway projects __________________________________________________ The RMA can’t […]

RMA open house on 281/1604 interchange a farce

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Link to article here. See why the “open house” format is an affront to federal requirements for public involvement here. Web Posted: 08/26/2009 12:00 CDT Study on highway project disputed By Josh Baugh – Express-News The Alamo Regional Mobility Authority on Tuesday held its lone public meeting for plans to build four non-tolled direct connectors […]

RMA lies about size of 281 toll road

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Link to article here. The RMA purposely misleads the public in this article. Read what happened when we shined the light on these falsehoods here. See the proof that shows the 281 toll road is twice the footprint of the FREEway plan at Web Posted: 08/23/2009 Agency ‘aggressive’ on U.S. 281 environmental review By […]

Texas Bank sold to Spanish firm with ties to Cintra, China

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

Link to article here. Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria purchased Laredo National Bank in 2005, Compass Bank in 2007, and now Guaranty Bank in 2009. They’ve also partnered with China on a deal in 2006. Here’s the kicker, Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria is a financial advisor to the parent company that owns a 100% stake in […]

Report: Impose 65 cent per mile toll to access ALL metro cities in America!

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

Okay, if you thought selling our public highways to Spain using PPPs was bad, along comes a report that the FHWA, FTA, and EPA were a part of, that is advocating the government impose a 5 cent per mile minimum toll to use our EXISTING federal interstates and that it impose a 65 cent per […]

First TX road under foreign control underway

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

Link to article here. This article bills this leg of the Trans Texas Corridor TTC-35 project as a way to avoid congestion to Houston when the original sales pitch for the loop was to relieve traffic on I-35 (which the segment from Georgetown to the airport has not done). However, the first leg of SH […]


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