Link to article here.
TxDOT continues to mislead the public into thinking the Trans Texas
Corridor is DEAD when in fact, it's just been renamed. If you read this
article carefully, they even say so. The new name is "innovative connectivity
plan" where they plan to break it up into segments instead of build the
massive new corridor all at once. It'll still be a gigantic foreign-owned toll road.
Our tax dollars at work...in order to
truly KILL the TTC and reform this rogue agency, we need a new
Governor. The current regime is a one trick pony...mislead and railroad
the public until it's too late to stop it.
Trans Texas Corridor as such is gone
Regional segments, such as Loop 9, part of new vision Leslie Gibson
Rockwall County Herald-Banner
September 9, 2009
Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has no intention of developing the
Trans Texas Corridor TTC, said agency spokesperson Chris Lippincott, on
He confirmed what was said by transportation
planners in the Aug. 26 Rockwall County Road Consortium meeting, that
the TTC is almost gone. Instead, local input will be key to developing
transportation segments serving regional needs, through a new plan,
Innovative Connectivity in Texas/Vision 2009.
The vision was
unveiled in January at the fourth annual Texas Transportation Forum, in
which TxDOT Executive Director Amadeo Saenz outlined new plans for
corridor width, transportation mode, use of existing facilities,
timelines, and level of involvement of local officials and citizens in
“Texans have spoken, and we’ve been listening,”
said Saenz. “I believe this transformed vision for the TTC and other
major corridor development goes a long way toward addressing the
concerns we’ve heard over the past several years.”
be on segments closer to 600 feet wide, rather than the 1,000 plus of
TTC, and be named per the highway numbers originally associated with
each segment, such as I-69, SH 130 and closer to home, Loop 9.
Loop 9 is proposed to be a 44-mile-long new road running along the
southern edge of Dallas County, dropping into Ellis County, and turning
north through the western edge of Kaufman County and back east into
Dallas County in order to connect Interstate 20 and US 287, as well as
major cross streets. It was first conceived in the 1950s. “It may be
developed by the private sector, it may end up as a toll road because
of lack of resources,” Lippincott said.
It is a TxDOT project.
It’s east-west portion would also tie into the Outer Loop, a ring of
connected roadways around the Metroplex, being coordinated by North
Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG).
Kaufman/Dallas County border, where Loop 9 heads northwest, the Outer
Loop would break off and head northeast into Rockwall County if
Rockwall County’s preferred Outer Loop alignment is ultimately chosen,
or into Hunt County.
“North Central Texas COG is as
sophisticated an agency of this type as there is in this state,”
Lippincott said in the phone interview. “The means it has are vast,” he
said, noting NCTCOG, as the other metropolitan planning areas in the
state, receive some federal funding.
When told that some
citizens expressed concern at the Consortium meeting that the Outer
Loop is a Trans Texas Corridor in disguise, he said, “I don’t want to
minimize questions. They (the citizens who are concerned) should stay
“Every time we build a road, we’ve got to listen and work with the people,” he said.
Right of way can not be purchased until there is money, and not until
an environmental impact statement is approved. A draft environmental
impact statement for Loop 9 is due in late 2009.
point we will have to acquire the land if we build Loop 9,” Lippincott
said. On that subject, he said roads “mean different things to
different people. “If you’ve got a McDonalds or a 7/11, Loop 9 could be
the greatest thing that could happen. If you’ve got a retirement home,
you’ll have a different view,” he said.
TxDOT is expected to hold a public hearing on Loop 9 in the fall; the date is yet to be announced.
Though TTC is essentially gone, “what remains is the challenge created
by traffic across our state,” Lippincott said, noting that Texas grows
by 1,000 people a day. To that end, TxDOT is still holding public
meetings on the 600 mile I-69 project.