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Archive for May, 2010

Big rigs still drive on I-35, can’t afford toll road

Sunday, May 16th, 2010

Link to article here. The SH 130 toll road is the poster child for FAILED toll road policy in Texas. Taxpayers were sold the SH 130 toll road as the panacea to fix congestion on gridlocked I-35 through Austin. Politicians and planners said it would draw trucks off of I-35 and over to the toll […]

Toll roads not a good fit for San Antonio

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

The people of this community have expressed time and again in every way available to them that they DO NOT want toll roads. With tourism such a major industry and economic engine for our region and the adverse impacts of a high cost of transportation on the region’s economy, toll roads are not the right […]

Express-News sold out for tolls

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

Bruce Davidson, author of the column below, heads the Editorial Board at the Express-News. He, and the paper (as evidenced by their coverage since they laid off the excellent, unbiased, and very fair transportation reporter Pat Driscoll), are sold out on tolls. This is one of many editorials that read like an RMA press release. […]

Austin’s toll revenue projections cut in HALF

Monday, May 10th, 2010

Link to article here. Note how Austin’s toll revenue projections are cut by more than HALF in their long-range plan. Also of note is the acknowledgment that selling our highways to foreign companies in “concession” deals has fallen out of favor with the legislature. That’s due to the grassroots’ blowback over the last 4-5 years. […]

LaHood: If you build it, they will come

Friday, May 7th, 2010

By Terri Hall San Antonio Express News/Houston Examiner May 6, 2010 It doesn’t take long to size-up a gathering of transportation lobbyists hosted by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, when 99% of the feedback at a supposed “town hall” ran to the mic to ask for their industry’s piece of the taxpayer pie. […]

Sec. of Transportation wants to divert more of our gas taxes to non-road uses

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Link to article here. Most Texans aren’t aware that 40% of our federal gas taxes fund mass transit instead of highways. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has announced a “sea change” where our gas taxes will no longer favor “motorized transportation” but bicycle paths, sidewalks, and transit. He says: ‚ÄúPeople are sick of being stuck […]

Privatized Toll Road Letdown

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Link to article here. Published: April 27, 2010 3:00 a.m. Toll Road letdown Journal Gazette Opponents predicted this would happen. When Gov. Mitch Daniels sold his plan to lease the Indiana Toll Road for 75 years, some opponents said the financial projections were too rosy, that the $3.8 billion proceeds and interest would not fully […]

Congress wants smaller role in building highways…what?

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Link to article here. If Congress wants a smaller role in building highways, they can kindly return 100% of our gas taxes back to taxpayers and let the states build them. It’s total fraud to keep taking our road money only to spend 40% of it on transit instead of highways, and to DOUBLE TAX […]

DMN: Texans to pay “stiff tolls”

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Link to article here. Here’s the most elitist attitude in print from transportation bureaucrats pushing this oppressive toll taxation (“managed lanes” are toll lanes): “The managed-lane approach will give people a choice between traffic for free or a fast ride for a price.” What about all the gas tax we’re paying? Wanna know where it’s […]

Transit perks at Pentagon abused

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Link to article here. More waste, fraud, and abuse of our taxpayer money to report…note that 40% of our federal gas taxes go to transit. Plus, why should all taxpayers give government employees a FREE RIDE to work? Who subsidizes our commutes? No one! Tuesday, May 4, 2010 Feds run off track with Pentagon transit […]


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