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Attempts to Paint Opposition to TTC as a *liberal* issue will not work-the State Repub party is opposed

30 August 2006 at 9:35:21 AM

Shaking my head at this letter in the Austin American Statesman, reference sent to me by Peter Stern, letter written by an obviously uniformed T D Bryan.

I'm surprised at the liberals' opposition to Gov. Rick Perry's plan for the Trans-Texas Corridor. I would think that these elite "global villagers," who fall in love with places such as France, Italy and all the places with the wonderful public and high-speed transportation systems, would get behind such a proposal. Surely, those world travelers also know that venturing cross-country on the transportation systems in those ideal countries also involves paying tolls that make our rates seem like pocket change.

I'm going to include Stern's response in a moment, which succinctly brings up a litany of reasons why Mr. Bryan's letter was too simplistic, but, first and foremost- When Republicans put it into their state party platform that not only are they against the Trans Texas Corridor but against the use of eminent domain for this purpose (which anyone and their dog ought to know by now is taking the land for a toll road for use by a PRIVATE, FOREIGN COMPANY, Cintra), the "LIBERAL OPPOSITION" talking point will not fly-because this is not a liberal or conservative issue, this is a TEXAS issue that has brought together people of all parties... AGAINST it.

Mr. Stern's response to Mr. Bryan.

You really can't be THAT over-simplistic with your interpretation of why so many folks are against toll roads in Texas, can you?  Liberal, commie, "pinko" democrats aren't the only ones who are against toll roads in Texas.  In fact, more 90 percent of those who responded to TxDOT's request for public feedback on toll roads don't want them.
There are many reasons why toll roads aren't needed nor wanted:
  • Gov. Perry, many lawmakers and special interest privateers are drooling over their profiteering of first local toll roads and then connecting them to the massive Trans-Texas TOLL Corridor.  If they want it, can it be so good for average "Bubbas"?  Since when do these people want what is best for the Texas community?
  • A lot of sneaking behind closed doors got bills and laws approved with many involved who at best have "conflicts of interest".
  • The toll maven CINTRA agreed to pay TxDOT (the state) $7.2 BILLION dollars just to get the toll contract for 70 years!  Where is that money going?
  • Many of the roadways slated for toll roads have already been paid for via tax dollars, so tolling these roads constitutes another taxation.  Do you really want to pay a double-tax for building, maintaining and operating toll roads?
  • I know in part you were kidding around, but just because the Frenchies, Italians, Germans,, have toll speedways isn't a good reason to have them here.
  • There has been no independent study showing the need for toll roads, nor that they are the only or best way to go.
  • Gasoline taxes were implemented to finance roads; however, they soon were frozen by lawmakers and then various percentages of the collected gas taxes were siphoned off to other special interests, e.g., higher education.
  • TxDOT has been sitting on taxpayer dollars for many years and has more money available than it admits to.
  • Toll roads are NOT cost-effective because almost 50 percent of tolls collected immediately go to their management, operation and maintenance.
  • Toll roads do NOT alleviate neighborhood traffic, in fact, usually they add to congestion especially around the toll plazas.
  • Toll roads may add to pollution and other environmental hazards.
  • Most studies show that the majority of people do NOT benefit from toll roads, but special interest privateers certainly do.
  • As for the cost of tolls:  even if an average citizen going to work pays $4.00 one way in tolls every day (and if they aren't increased every several years) the sum reaches $40 per 5-day week, $160 per month and $1,920 per year!  Personally, I don't need to pay another $2,000 in taxes each year, do you?

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