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Archive for January, 2010

Toll roads front and center in gubernatorial debate

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

Vote for who YOU think won the debate in our online poll here (on bottom right side of home page). The debate over toll roads took a front row seat in last night’s final Republican gubernatorial debate. The lead question to start the debate, posed by reporter Wayne Slater, asked candidates Kay Bailey Hutchison, Debra […]

Local toll agency to use State’s credit to back $8 billion in toll roads

Saturday, January 30th, 2010

NEW UPDATE: Texas DOT Gets $3 Billion Nod,Gears Up for Market Financial Times January 29, 2010; Updated: February 5th, 2010 In separate meetings yesterday, the Texas Transportation Commission and the State Bond Review Board authorized TxDOT to develop a preliminary official statement and take other steps needed to issue the debt. TxDOT has not hired […]

I-35 in Denton to be tolled

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Link to article here. The arrogant condescension of elitist politicians is on display with these comments by Denton County Judge Mary Horn: “The traveling public will have a choice. For the anti-toll road people, if they feel that strongly about it, well bless their little hearts, there will be free lanes right beside the tolled […]

Hutchison accepts money from toll road builder, Zachry

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Link to article here. Kay Bailey Hutchison accepts campaign cash from toll-road builder 01:58 PM CST on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 By WAYNE SLATER / The Dallas Morning News AUSTIN – Kay Bailey Hutchison has railed against the Trans-Texas Corridor, but she counts one of the state’s premiere toll-road builders among her major financial […]

Voters overwhelmingly REJECT privatized toll roads, 70% say it’ll increase toll rates

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

Link to article here. Illinois voters are no different than Texans when it comes to economics. The voters surveyed inherently know that when a private company takes over a public toll road, the toll rates will go up if for no other reason than private companies have to make a profit. One man quoted below […]

Toll road lobby firm entangled in scandal, gives free rent to legislators

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Link to Texas Watchdog’s article here. Three members of the San Antonio delegation are included in this connection to the Hillco lobbying firm giving free office space to legislators while pending legislation pushed by Hillco was on the table. Hillco was the powerhouse hired by many local governments in DFW to push the local option […]

Privatized toll road in South Carolina goes belly-up

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Link to article here. The key buzz word for these taxpayer rip-offs is “innovative.” It’s important to note Rick Perry calls public private partnerships (PPPs) “innovative financing,” too. His new name for the Trans Texas Corridor is “Innovative Connectivity Plan.” The common theme is these things are being pushed by corporations who stand to profit […]

Wasteful spending plagues use of federal highway dollars

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Link to article here. So where have our federal gas taxes been going? To restore historic courthouses, build tourists centers, rest areas with free wi-fi, millions in landscaping contracts, and airport museums! So this is the reason why Rick Perry won’t listen to the people of Texas and end his toll road policies. Look at […]

Austin’s I-35 ranks 4th most congested freeway in U.S.

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Link to article here. The way this report was compiled has some flaws…they selected a congested roadway in major U.S. cities and then ranked the entire city based on its single most congested corridor. But it is useful in illustrating the persistent troubles with I-35 through Austin. The SH 130 tollway was built to supposedly […]

Farouk Shami proposes transportation overhaul without tolls, privatization

Thursday, January 21st, 2010

Farouk Shami Proposes Overhaul in Transportation Policy Texas Insider – January 20, 2010, On The Record We must stop the Trans Texas Corridor and Eminent Domain Abuses HOUSTON- Farouk Shami released his campaign’s policy on transportation issues Thursday. Transportation issues are one the greatest challenges facing the State of Texas. Every hour spent stuck in […]


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