Subject: IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Trans Texas Corridor NOT dead
Contact: Terri Hall,
Founder / Director, Texans Uniting for Reform & Freedom (
The announcement by TxDOT Executive Director Amadeo
Saenz at the Texas Transportation Forum that the "Trans Texas Corridor, as
it was originally envisioned, is no more," is just another in a series of
comments to lead opponents into believing the Trans Texas Corridor is indeed
It's clear from the TxDOT Director's speech, that it's only a name change and the Trans Texas Corridor is, in reality, going underground.
This fact is evident in just about every news source across the state:
"'Amadeo told folks at
the forum that the Trans-Texas Corridor, as it was originally envisioned,
is no more,' Amacker said. 'Instead, what we've
got is a series of smaller projects.'
Those 'smaller projects' will apparently include the 300-plus miles of what has been called
"Other than backpedaling from the Trans-Texas Corridor brand, and the goals and priorities set over the years, the Trans-Texas Corridor remains intact.
TxDOT still plans to partner with private corporations to build and lease projects. Toll roads, truck-only lanes and rail lanes are also still on the table.
Environmental studies for
the I-35 and
"The renewed effort now will operate under
the name 'Innovative Connectivity Plan.'" --
No law has
been changed, no minute order rescinded, no environmental document re-done (as
is required by federal law), and there are still two contracts signed giving
two Spanish companies the right of first refusal on segments of the corridor
previously known as
Lets just say, we agree with Senator Robert Nichols'
statement in the
"If it is just a name change, and nothing more, I don't think that is going to do much to appease lawmakers," said Nichols, R-Jacksonville.