Trans-Texas Corridor is dead, TxDOT chief says
In response to public outcry, the ambitious proposal to create the Trans-Texas Corridor network has been dropped and will be replaced with a plan to carry out road projects at an incremental, modest pace, a state transportation official announced today.
"The Trans-Texas Corridor, as it is known, no longer exists," said Amadeo Saenz Jr., executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, at the agency's annual forum in Austin.
The state, he said, will carry forward with modifications to proposed projects and will rely heavily upon input from Texans through more town hall meetings and an updated Web site.
He also made clear that, should toll lanes be added to various roads, tolls will be assessed only on those, and not existing lanes.
The renewed effort now will operate under the name "Innovative Connectivity Plan."
The decision won applause from a number of officials and watchdog organizations. David Stall of the citizens' group Corridor Watch called it a major victory for Texans.
"We're real pleased that a project once described as unstoppable has now screeched to a halt," he said.
Saenz said the state will continue to pursue various projects, including the Interstate 69 project. If, however, more lanes are needed along U.S. 59, the state will simply widen that roadway, Saenz said.
Trans-Texas Corridor is dead | War On You
Ya know, call me a cynical. I think this will be back sooner than later, but they will just call it something else and hide it better.