DFW Regional Leaders Trying to play Ozone Card in Order To Kill the Toll Road Moratorium BillSomervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


DFW Regional Leaders Trying to play Ozone Card in Order To Kill the Toll Road Moratorium Bill

31 March 2007 at 8:47:37 AM

SB 1267, sponsored by Nichols, is parked in committee. It would...

prevent the state Transportation Department from entering into contracts in which private companies put up billions of dollars to build roads in exchange for permission to charge tolls, in some cases for decades, to recoup costs and make a profit.

Nichols and other lawmakers want to place a two-year moratorium on the contracts because they're concerned that the agreements don't include safeguards to control toll fees. They're particularly concerned about clauses in some contracts that prohibit new roadways that would compete with the tollways

But a bunch of state and regional leaders are MORE concerned with getting that money upfront than they are with selling out Texas, so they're trying to claim that the money will be used to build other projects that would slash ozone pollution.

The projects are an integral component of a federally mandated clean-air plan that outlines how the region will bring Dallas-Fort Worth into compliance with the ozone standards. The region is required to show that it has the money to pay for these projects, said Thomas Diggs, chief of the federal Environmental Protection Agency's air-planning section in Dallas.

So, what did they do before? If they're REQUIRED to have this money, did they spend money that was supposed to be for these projects on something else? Didn't states and communities use to sell BONDS to pay for roads? Well... yes.

Nichols and other supporters say the legislation will not kill road projects. They say state and regional transportation officials can use bonds and other resources to pay for the projects

The article again shows that Carona, who only pretended to be for Texans, doesn't plan to let the bill out of committee. I'm sure he hopes that Texans have short memories when it comes down to the next time he's up for election.

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