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CorridorWatch Files Complaint on TXDot (Re: Trans Texas Corridor)
 


19 August 2006 at 3:27:19 PM
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FAYETTEVILLE – Corridorwatch.org, a citizens group organized challenge the wisdom of the Trans Texas Corridor, has filed a formal complaint with the Federal Highway Administration in conjunction with the State's environmental impact study of TTC-35.

In a three-page letter sent to FHWA Administrator J. Richard Capka, CorridorWatch.org asks that the draft statement prepared by TxDOT for TTC-35 be found inadequate. CorridorWatch.org points to three specific reasons, including the suppression of critical environmental impact
information and improper use of certain privileges to circumvent compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

According to CorridorWatch.org, TxDOT has used an agreement with Cintra Zachry LP to exclude any consideration of alternatives to the plan favored by Governor Perry. CorridorWatch.org believes that unless the FHWA takes action, alternative transportation plans such as that favored in North Texas will be improperly eliminated from meaningful consideration.

CorridorWatch.org notes that TxDOT has been in possession of a Conceptual Development Plan provided by Cintra Zachry LP more than a year ago. That plan addresses a range of anticipated effects, impacts and implications of the TTC-35 plan. This document has been central in a legal fight between the Attorney General who required that the agreement be made public and Cintra Zachry who was joined by TxDOT in bring legal action against the state to keep the contents secret.

CorridorWatch.org contends that disclosure of environmental impact information contained in the agreement is necessary and required for TxDOT to comply with NEPA regulations.

"Public officials and the general public have not been provided with the information they need to reach an informed decision on the TTC," says David Stall, co-founder of CorridorWatch.org. "It's a clear violation of the National Environmental Policy Act," he said. "The Federal Highway Administration granted Texas special considerations to facilitate innovation and TxDOT used that privilege to circumvent broader regulations."

Stall says, "TxDOT has improperly limited the range of alternatives evaluated. All twelve of the alternatives presented in public meetings along the TTC-35 corridor are an identical grouping of facilities varied only by location. Accordingly, TxDOT has violated an agreement with the Federal Highway Administration to allow other alternatives to be equally evaluated."

Stall concludes, "Recent claims by TxDOT and politicians that the North Central Texas proposal is now being considered isn't of any value whatsoever if the review process continues to use criteria dictated by Cintra Zachry in their agreement with TxDOT."

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Full text of the CorridorWatch.org letter to the FHWA can be found at:
http://www.corridorwatch.org/ttc/expand/20060817.htm


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