Local Planners Pushing Expansion of 1604 Without Toll Lanes

The Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization, the body created by the Legislature to guide transportation planning in the San Antonio area, is moving forward with a plan to construct the long-awaited expansion of Loop 1604 on San Antonio's north side without resorting to toll lanes, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

MPO Chair Kevin Wolff told News Radio 1200 WOAI and KLRN-TV's 'On the Record' that he is pushing for a vote of the MPO to change direction on the long awaited project.

"We will essentially be passing a resolution asking TxDOT and the Texas Transportation Commission to, instead of doing 1604 as a toll, give us the $500 million needed to complete that project, which is our most congested portion in the entire county, from Bandera Rd. to I-35," Wolff said.

Calling all motorists abused by punitive toll fines & fees: Don't miss toll collection hearing August 27!

Texans are tired of the scam being perpetrated upon them under the guise of toll fines and fees, and they're demanding REFORM.

Last session, thanks to the must-pass TxDOT sunset bill, we were able to tack-on a magnificent toll collection reform bill (written by Ina Minjarez, D - San Antonio) that capped toll fines and fees at $48/year per driver. Sadly, it only applies to a limited number of TxDOT toll roads, not to the North Texas Tollway Authority, Harris County Tollway Authority or any of the 9 Regional Mobility Authorities.

So our work is NOT finished. Plus, there's a catch!

The conference committee, led by Sen. Robert Nichols, gutted our reform to de-criminalize failing to pay a toll bill. The committee voted to put criminal penalties back into the bill so you can still be treated as a criminal, have your vehicle registration blocked and possibly even face jail time, for the inability to pay a toll bill. The House passed the amendment to de-criminalize by a vote of 136-3. So we need to work on the Senate to understand they should be representing the will of the people and take away criminal penalties for inability to pay a bill. Blocking someone's vehicle registration arguably inhibits that person's ability to pay the bill by jeopardizing their ability to get to work

Make your voices heard

Please come to the interim legislative hearing that's deliberating extending the toll collection reforms we passed last session to ALL toll entities. It's also our chance to ask them to remove the criminal penalties for inability to pay a toll bill. 

Senate Transportation Committee Hearing
on Toll Collection Practices
Monday, August 27
10:00 AM
Capitol Extension Rm E1.016
Texas State Capitol
Austin, Texas

IMPORTANT Public Hearings for Hill Country!

LAND GRAB IN HILL COUNTRY

Developers want to steal land in Boerne & Bandera so they can develop protected lands in San Antonio
 
Developers in the San Antonio area are up to no good AGAIN.

Due to the Endangered Species Act, developers cannot develop anymore land in certain parts of San Antonio due to it being the habitat of federally protected species. So rather than move their developments elsewhere, they're on the march to heist land from other private landowners in surrounding counties as a way to re-locate the 'habitat' further away. One of the proposed plans would require 3 acres of private property in the outlying counties for every one acre developed in a designated habitat in San Antonio (Bexar County).

So Bexar County and City of San Antonio is seeking approval for its Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and is seeking an Incidental Take Permit (to STEAL private property). Public input is ESSENTIAL TO STOPPING THIS LAND GRAB!

SAN ANTONIO: PUBLIC HEARING for I-35 toll project

Plan to attend and submit public comment

TxDOT is holding an important public hearing on Thursday, February 26 to solicit public feedback on the proposed elevated toll 'managed lanes' on IH-35 from IH-410 to Schertz.

If you don't want to pay 50 cents a mile to travel on this vital interstate, show-up and BE HEARD! Even if you never take the toll road, your tax money will build it and bail it out and trucks will pass their toll costs onto YOU through a higher cost of goods. The current MPO plan has I-35 marked for a public private partnership. Cintra is already heavily lobbying to snag this vital interstate - the biggest FREE competition near its failing SH 130 tollway  - allowing Cintra to control all routes north-south in Central Texas!

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