TxDOT Zeros in on TTC-35 RouteAre you about to be picked off by Governor Perry's private highwaymen?
At 10:00 a.m.
today, Governor Rick Perry and his pal, Transportation Commissioner Ric Williamson, released the draft environmental impact statement for the first Trans-Texas Corridor, also known as TTC-35.
The map shows a "narrowed" 10 mile wide area considered to be a prime target for state condemnation of private property. The land will be owned by the state for lease to a Spanish toll road builder, as well as other private developers and concessionnaires. Many of these friendly folks have contributed hefty sums (both directly and indirectly) to Governor Perry and other politicians at the state and national level.
For starters, here is what lies in the path of this half-baked scheme:
- More than one and a half million acres, much of it prime farm and ranch land
- Approximately one million people
- Over 8,000 acres of public park land
- More than 100 acres of federally recognized historic sites.
You will hear the mantra that the need for this sort of enormous private tollway/supercorridor is "well documented
Trouble is, the "documentation" is coming after
it was proposed by Perry and the private interests who would benefit from it. The decision was made, and the "studies" that follow are being used to sell it.CLICK HERE for TxDOT's interactive map & Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS) for TTC-35
CLICK HERE for a close-up view of affected counties on the CorridorWatch web site
© 2006 Austin American-Statesman
TTC-35 is only the beginning. Get ready for three more "priority" supercorridors, already in the works.For a brief timeline of Perry's private pork-fest, click on the links below:
I-35 Corridor Study is completed and approved (it was shelved after Perry took office).
Perry gets campaign contributions from road builders
Prop 15 goes on the state ballot
Read Prop 15: It says nothing about the Trans-Texas Corridor
Props 2 and 15 Added to State Constitution
Perry's backers win big
Perry's massive scheme accomplished "under the radar."
Perry lays out "Trans-Texas Corridor Plan"
Corridor Action Plan fast-tracked
Trans-Texas plan is mapped out
TxDOT: "We're open for business."
Firms put in secret Trans-Texas bids
Perry's "Vision" of Trans-Texas Corridor Stimulates More Campaign Contributions
Still, most Texans know nothing about it
House Bill 3588 is Born
House Bill 3588: The Original Transportation Abomination
TxDOT requests Federal Highway Administration approval to proceed with TTC-35 Corridor as an experimental program using a Comprehensive Development Agreement (“CDA”)
TxDOT's "European Vacation" includes trip to Madrid
Feds agree to "streamline" environmental study for Trans-Texas Corridor
TxDOT starts first segment of TTC=35
Strayhorn attacks Perry, CAMPO on toll roads
Cintra Goes Public Overseas to raise funds for TTC bid
"Light rural traffic does not justify Trans-Texas Corridor plan"
Spanish contractor to begin Corridor
Top Aide to Perry Worked for Cintra
Account of aide's role at Cintra contradicted
Perry signs deal with Spanish Firm
Texas Rep Files Bill to Slow TTC-35
Grassroots Road Warriors Rally in Austin
Legislators try to give Corridor a makeover
One result of that makeover
Chronicle files freedom of information request with TxDOT
"Privately funded?" Cintra-Zachry asks Uncle Sam for a Loan
TxDOT, Cintra-Zachry file suit to keep documents secret
A complete timeline of news articles and web posts related to the Trans-Texas Corridor (1999-Present) can be viewed by clicking links located in the right side bar of this page under the heading TTC NEWS WATCH.