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TxDOT Still Playing Sad Violin Song
 


3 December 2009 at 9:12:30 AM
pstern

 
"Poor TxDOT has no money to build and maintain roadways"
 
 
Despite Governor Rick Perry's promise to remove the Trans-Texas Corridor and additional toll roads from future plans, the Texas Department of Transportation  (TxDOT) intends to build 37 toll roads in the San Antonio area of which 18 will be owned and operated by foreign companies.  Voters should be aware of this as Perry campaigns for reelection.
 
 
In addition, despite promises by the Texas Legislature to reign-in the renegade state agency and require more oversight on future road plans, TxDOT continues to do what it wants with little regard to the wishes of most Texans NOT to develop more toll roads.  Instead of working for the community good, TxDOT continues to exploit tax dollars for its own political agenda.
 
One of the things Texans can do to remove the increasing push for toll roads is to contact TxDOT and legislators to stop the mega-plans for future toll roads and to use the gasoline tax revenue, which was created to build and maintain Texas roadways.  Unfortunately, the legislature continues to divert 40 percent of this revenue to other special interests.  Furthermore, the governor and legislative officials maintain a freeze on fuel taxes without insisting on an annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) to those taxes.
 
Email the local Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) at sabcmpo@sametroplan.org   to demand the removal of toll roads and CDAs (contracts that hand-over our TX roads to foreign toll operators in 50-year sweetheart deals!) from its plans; to use traditional gas tax funding NOT privatizing and tolling Texas roads as its source of funding for these projects; to NOT vote for ANY plan with toll projects and/or CDA's in it. 
 
Email legislators to demand a halt to toll roads and the exploitation of taxpayers for political agendas and special interest pandering.
 
 
Contact members of the Texas House of Representatives:  http://www.house.state.tx.us/members/welcome.php
 
Consequently, Texans must act quickly to demand a halt to TxDOT's exploitation and its push to develop privates roadways for only the wealthy who can afford to pay to use them.  It is a reality that up to 80 percent off-the-top of toll revenues will go to the companies building and maintaining the toll roads and the state contracts with private toll companies have a 50-year clause, which ensures that our children and grandchildren will continue to pay these toll taxes to use roadways.
 
It's time to demand a more open, responsible and ethically run TxDOT and state government.
 
No more special interest toll plans and CDA deals.
 
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