Trans-Texas Corridor plans revealed

Trans-Texas Corridor plans revealed

There are 49 comments on the Quick story from Sep 28, 2006, titled Trans-Texas Corridor plans revealed. In it, Quick reports that:

The first sections of the 370-mile Trans-Texas Corridor toll road could open as soon as 2013 and might cost $8.8 billion to build, according to new plans released Thursday by the Texas Department of ...

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Paul

Wichita Falls, TX

#1 Sep 30, 2006
And theyll be taking land away from family farms and ranches to build it.
the_case44

Front Royal, VA

#2 Oct 1, 2006
I still have questions about the CONCEPT of Trans-Texas, but I'm for anything that will improve mobility. From a regional standpoint, we do need to get the gridlock off of Interstate 35, which is getting less and less rural between Waco and San Antonio. But we also have issues in the Metroplex, as well. The problem is Dallas cannot seem to get more federal funds than Houston to rebuild their freeway system and add new ones plus oversee the completion of its long-awaited ITS traffic management program, and there needs to be much refurbishing over the next 10 years to go with what's already been done. On top of that, I don't believe the interstate system in Texas is finished, either. Austin is still not connected to Houston with a single interstate and Lubbock is still not connected to any point south or east, so there are some needs in those places. And it is taking forever to get Interstate 69 going in East Texas. Yes, these projects for Trans-Texas will come at a cost on several fronts, but I think the railroad portion ought to come separately, and it certainly will take regional cooperation. It probably would not hurt to just build the toll roads only, and that is if the involved parties are sure of the right routing.
swain

Swansea, SC

#4 Nov 28, 2006
THIS IS PART OF THE ILLIGAL ALIEN/DRUG TRADE CARTEL TRAVELING FROM MEXICO TO PLEASE THE MEXICAN GOVERNMENT. THEY WILL HAVE FREE ROAM ON THIS HIGHWAY TO DO THEIR THING. AS I UNDERSTAND IT THERE WILL BE NO STOPPING AT THE BORDER WITH MEXICO. IT WILL BE A FREE PASS THRU THE BORDER. IT,S ALMOST THAT NOW. PUT A PREGNANT WOMAN IN AN AMBULANCE OR DRUGS AND THEY HAVE A FREE PASS BY THE BORDER.
Veronica

United States

#5 Nov 28, 2006
The thing that troubles me about this mega-system is that not only is it an 8 lane highway, but also rail routes, and utility routes. According to the last map I saw of the project ( still in planning stages) the utility section will go up through NE Texas, up to Texarkana area. So what will happen to the little towns it passes through ( Ie: Atlanta, Bivins, etc)? These utility lines will go through many rural areas, as well as small towns, so will people have to live under high tension wires, and will some of the lines be underground ? The right to Emminent Domain applies in these cases, and the state will just take land away from anyone in the path in order to complete the project.

Is anyone in the areas projected attending the meetings planned for these towns in order to understand just exactly what is going to happen to their property ? I am surprised that there is no public outcry...or is it just not making the news ? This is not an issue where one can stand idly by and wait and see what happens. This is a serious issue folks.

The website given to me to see the proposed ares for highway, rail, and utility lines is :
www.keeptexasmoving.com
Melody

United States

#6 Nov 30, 2006
Veronica, there has been no public outcry because the public has not been informed. AM radio talk shows HAVE discussed this, generating TRUTH before the mid-term elections, Nov. because Gov. Perry helped instigate the mega hwy 2 YEARS ago. Why doesn't Bush DO anything about illegals/border states? WHY did he meet with Vicente Fox & Canada's Prime Minister, March, 2005, in a SECRET meeting in Waco, Tx, of which the media did NOT report nor White House, or the meetings held in North Richland Hills, Tx, in Sept and upcoming in Dec, 2006 ABOUT the mega hwy? Type in Tx. Trans Hwy, Tx Trans Corrodor. Research it and you will SEE WHERE the hwy is going to route..the land and Tx that will be "kicked out" to "improve transportation" which is to bring crates of ORIENTAL/CHINESE merchandise into the US, via Tx, OK, KS and throughout the ENTIRE USA into Canada, this merchandise(that I'm sure we just can't live without!) made by slave labor hands, children included. Little, if anything, has been reported by USA media until the "meetings" started for property owners getting ready to lose properties. Tx. ranchers gathered in Austin with a cup each of dirt, protesting to Perry "this is the ONLY land you/Tx is gonna get." You see this on media/radio/newspapers? 1 article I found, 2 months after it happened. I just moved OUT of Tx, born/stayed there for 59 yrs. I am in another state, retired. I/my husband have been the direct and indirect "victims" of illegal Mexicans for more than 7 yrs. We've had 14 living in a rent home on our block and the devasation to neighborhood, community, drugs, disease, and trying to keep ripping us off in MANY ways.
Swain, your comment is 100% correct. Amnisty is very close. We are on a collision course with socialism. That "treaty signed in Waco = forms the North American Coalition. Research what I have written = ON the web, gov't sites. Why do we think the Minutemen have been as serious as they are, the Tx Border Sherriff's have pulled their hair out, cause the US opened the borders LONG ago, and the gate is being opened wider, every day. The MORE the public FINDS out, we MIGHT be able to STOP all this? Congressmen, when asked ABOUT the mega hwy have replied....."it is a myth." No, it is not.
Veronica

United States

#7 Nov 30, 2006
How can such a grand plan be in place to build this 3 part system and no one is aware of it ? This concerns me greatly. According to the website I posted in my post above, there are town hall meetings all over the areas to be trashed by this system...are they not published in the newspapers there to let people know they are taking place ? Are people just supposed to KNOW that the meetings are taking place, and show up ? This is very upsetting, because talk radio all over the country is talking about it, that's how I found the website in the first place...heard about it on talk radio.

I cannot believe what is happening in our country, behind our backs, that will make such a huge difference in all our lives, no matter where we live.
larry

Oswego, IL

#8 Dec 31, 2006
NASCO/TTC/SPP and there are more linkes if u really care
Simple Simon

AOL

#9 Jan 3, 2007
http://www.crossroad.to/News/regionalism.htm

The proposed highway is part of a broader plan advanced by a quasi-government organization called the 'Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America,' or SPP," he explains. "The SPP was first launched in 2005 by the heads of state of Canada, Mexico, and the United States at a summit in Waco."

No treaties were involved, and Congress was not included in discussions or plans, he says.

"Instead, the SPP is an unholy alliance of foreign consortiums and officials from several governments," according to Paul. "One principal player is a Spanish construction company, which plans to build the highway and operate it as a toll road. But don't be fooled: The superhighway proposal is not the result of free market demand, but rather an extension of government-managed trade schemes like NAFTA that benefit politically connected interests."

Paul says, however, the real issue raised by the superhighway plan and the SPP is national sovereignty.

"Once again, decisions that affect millions of Americans are not being made by those Americans themselves, or even by their elected representatives in Congress," says Paul. "Instead, a handful of elites use their government connections to bypass national legislatures and ignore our Constitution which expressly grants Congress the sole authority to regulate international trade."

The ultimate goal, he says, is not simply a superhighway "but an integrated North American Union complete with a currency, a cross-national bureaucracy and virtually borderless travel within the union. Like the European Union, a North American Union would represent another step toward the abolition of national sovereignty altogether."

Rep. Virgil Goode, R-Va., has introduced a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the U.S. should not engage in the construction of a NAFTA superhighway, or enter into any agreement that advances the concept of a North American Union.

"I wholeheartedly support this legislation and predict that the superhighway will become a sleeper issue in the 2008 election," says Paul. "Any movement toward a North American Union diminishes the ability of average Americans to influence the laws under which they must live. The SPP agreement, including the plan for a major transnational superhighway through Texas, is moving forward without congressional oversight and that is an outrage. The administration needs a strong message from Congress that the American people will not tolerate backroom deals that threaten our sovereignty."

Dinah

Lake Orion, MI

#11 Jan 5, 2007
Paul wrote:
And theyll be taking land away from family farms and ranches to build it.
Welcome to the Supreme Court's new ruling of "emminent domain"!!
Dinah

Lake Orion, MI

#12 Jan 5, 2007
the_case44 wrote:
I still have questions about the CONCEPT of Trans-Texas, but I'm for anything that will improve mobility. From a regional standpoint, we do need to get the gridlock off of Interstate 35, which is getting less and less rural between Waco and San Antonio. But we also have issues in the Metroplex, as well. The problem is Dallas cannot seem to get more federal funds than Houston to rebuild their freeway system and add new ones plus oversee the completion of its long-awaited ITS traffic management program, and there needs to be much refurbishing over the next 10 years to go with what's already been done. On top of that, I don't believe the interstate system in Texas is finished, either. Austin is still not connected to Houston with a single interstate and Lubbock is still not connected to any point south or east, so there are some needs in those places. And it is taking forever to get Interstate 69 going in East Texas. Yes, these projects for Trans-Texas will come at a cost on several fronts, but I think the railroad portion ought to come separately, and it certainly will take regional cooperation. It probably would not hurt to just build the toll roads only, and that is if the involved parties are sure of the right routing.
Did you check the website about it? It is MORE than just trying to reroute traffic and make it
'more efficient'; it is bisecting this country starting in Canada, passing through us and going INTO Mexico. What about customs THEN?
Veronica

Calhoun, LA

#13 Jan 9, 2007
This troubles me.. a superhighway being built through the state, along with a super railway system, and a super utility system...and most people don't know about it ? How can that be ? Do you have to live outside the state to have heard of it ? If I was living in Texas now, I would be concerned about the fact that emminent domain can be used to take whatever property they want in order to complete this system. How many families will be without homes ? How many farmers will have a highway, rail system or utility poles running through their farms ruining their crops, killing animals etc. Texas you need to wake up and read about this. Study it, and take part in town hall meetings, etc. Know what you're up against before you wake up and find a surveyor out in your yard. Don't, above all, think it won't happen to you.
Dinah

Lake Orion, MI

#14 Jan 10, 2007
the_case44 wrote:
I still have questions about the CONCEPT of Trans-Texas, but I'm for anything that will improve mobility. From a regional standpoint, we do need to get the gridlock off of Interstate 35, which is getting less and less rural between Waco and San Antonio. But we also have issues in the Metroplex, as well. The problem is Dallas cannot seem to get more federal funds than Houston to rebuild their freeway system and add new ones plus oversee the completion of its long-awaited ITS traffic management program, and there needs to be much refurbishing over the next 10 years to go with what's already been done. On top of that, I don't believe the interstate system in Texas is finished, either. Austin is still not connected to Houston with a single interstate and Lubbock is still not connected to any point south or east, so there are some needs in those places. And it is taking forever to get Interstate 69 going in East Texas. Yes, these projects for Trans-Texas will come at a cost on several fronts, but I think the railroad portion ought to come separately, and it certainly will take regional cooperation. It probably would not hurt to just build the toll roads only, and that is if the involved parties are sure of the right routing.
HELLO, I don't know who you're listening to, but if you visit the site, it has NOTHING to do with elliviating traffic and growing your area!

It has EVERYTHING to do with a trade agreement between Mexico and Canada; or haven't you been following the news? It has been on the major news stations more than once, and it has been a topic of discussion on places like the Drudge Report. It is VITAL that the American people wake up to this if we want to keep our national sovereignty and keep from being like the EU. Britain is socialist and is not doing well financially, Germany is in depression. For awhile the only one in Great Britain that did not want to join the EU was Ireland. They told England where to put it and THEIR economy was fine.
Dinah

Lake Orion, MI

#15 Jan 10, 2007
Veronica wrote:
This troubles me.. a superhighway being built through the state, along with a super railway system, and a super utility system...and most people don't know about it ? How can that be ? Do you have to live outside the state to have heard of it ? If I was living in Texas now, I would be concerned about the fact that emminent domain can be used to take whatever property they want in order to complete this system. How many families will be without homes ? How many farmers will have a highway, rail system or utility poles running through their farms ruining their crops, killing animals etc. Texas you need to wake up and read about this. Study it, and take part in town hall meetings, etc. Know what you're up against before you wake up and find a surveyor out in your yard. Don't, above all, think it won't happen to you.
Politicians don't tell the American people everything they do. Once they're elected, they don't feel they have to--at least the dishonest ones feel that way.

Oh, just a note: that emminant domain law was put into effect during THIS administration. Guess who nominated the 2 new Supreme Court justices! And folks; they SERVE for life.

They don't make law; they make it stick. CONGRESS makes law. Write your congressperson and ask that the emminant domain law be removed.
the_case44

The Colony, TX

#16 Jan 14, 2007
Dinah wrote:
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HELLO, I don't know who you're listening to, but if you visit the site, it has NOTHING to do with elliviating traffic and growing your area!
It has EVERYTHING to do with a trade agreement between Mexico and Canada; or haven't you been following the news? It has been on the major news stations more than once, and it has been a topic of discussion on places like the Drudge Report. It is VITAL that the American people wake up to this if we want to keep our national sovereignty and keep from being like the EU. Britain is socialist and is not doing well financially, Germany is in depression. For awhile the only one in Great Britain that did not want to join the EU was Ireland. They told England where to put it and THEIR economy was fine.
Dinah, first of all, I'm only talking about roads here, not drug-trafficking or customs or international trade. My issue right now is about our state's highway system and how to improve it. I'm not into discussions on US/Mexico/Canada relations. I am a Texas roads fanatic and the subject matter I was focusing on had more to do with the roads WITHIN the state of Texas and how we can improve those roads. And I am still a bigger fan of interstates than I am of Trans-Texas; I'm not totally on board with the Trans-Texas Corridor. It has SOME good intentions, but it just needs some fine-tuning and needs to be studied some more. So, just take a chill pill. You are entitled to your opinions about our country and about trade and that's fine, and I do appreciate your concerns for seeing our country protected and I applaud that, but save your rash judgments for other blogs, please.

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#17 Jan 14, 2007
At this link are SEVERAL links to information and reports concerning the NAFTA Highway Projects ..... http://searching.gao.gov/query.html...

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#19 Jan 14, 2007
Veronica wrote:
This troubles me.. a superhighway being built through the state, along with a super railway system, and a super utility system...and most people don't know about it ? How can that be ? Do you have to live outside the state to have heard of it ? If I was living in Texas now, I would be concerned about the fact that emminent domain can be used to take whatever property they want in order to complete this system. How many families will be without homes ? How many farmers will have a highway, rail system or utility poles running through their farms ruining their crops, killing animals etc. Texas you need to wake up and read about this. Study it, and take part in town hall meetings, etc. Know what you're up against before you wake up and find a surveyor out in your yard. Don't, above all, think it won't happen to you.
http://searching.gao.gov/query .html?qt=+NAFTA++HIGHWAY&c harset=iso-8859-1&ql=& x=8&y=11

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#18 Jan 14, 2007
the_case44 wrote:
<quoted text>
Dinah, first of all, I'm only talking about roads here, not drug-trafficking or customs or international trade. My issue right now is about our state's highway system and how to improve it. I'm not into discussions on US/Mexico/Canada relations. I am a Texas roads fanatic and the subject matter I was focusing on had more to do with the roads WITHIN the state of Texas and how we can improve those roads. And I am still a bigger fan of interstates than I am of Trans-Texas; I'm not totally on board with the Trans-Texas Corridor. It has SOME good intentions, but it just needs some fine-tuning and needs to be studied some more. So, just take a chill pill. You are entitled to your opinions about our country and about trade and that's fine, and I do appreciate your concerns for seeing our country protected and I applaud that, but save your rash judgments for other blogs, please.
Has information that MAY be along the lines of what your interested in reading on ......http://archive.gao.gov/f 0102/115775.pdf

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#20 Jan 14, 2007
Dinah wrote:
<quoted text>
Welcome to the Supreme Court's new ruling of "emminent domain"!!
Normaly the government can exercise eminent domain only if its taking will be for a "public use" - which may be expansively defined along the lines of public "safety, health, interest, or convenience". Perhaps the most common example of a "public use" is the taking of land to build or expand a public road or highway. Public use could also include the taking of land to build a school or municipal building, for a public park, or to redevelop a "blighted" property or neighborhood Nine states have already approved ballot initiatives restricting the use of eminent domain .And theres several links on the eminent domain laws at this site ......http://jurist.law.pitt.e du/currentawareness/eminentdom ain.php
Shar

AOL

#21 Jan 15, 2007
Joyce wrote:
<quoted text>Normaly the government can exercise eminent domain only if its taking will be for a "public use" - which may be expansively defined along the lines of public "safety, health, interest, or convenience". Perhaps the most common example of a "public use" is the taking of land to build or expand a public road or highway. Public use could also include the taking of land to build a school or municipal building, for a public park, or to redevelop a "blighted" property or neighborhood Nine states have already approved ballot initiatives restricting the use of eminent domain .And theres several links on the eminent domain laws at this site ......http://jurist.law.pitt.e du/currentawareness/eminentdom ain.php
Evidently you are not studied much. Tarrant Co. Homes denton Co. taken by Ft. Worth, taken for Nascar, Homes taken for North East Mall, Homes taken for Jerry Jones cowboy stadium, Homes (Brick) land, taken for Cabellos. Homes land taken for alliance Airport in progress now Denton Co.
Think when they start this.
It may end up going West side of the Metroplex that would be better for Weatherford Ft. Worth, Dallas, Waco area as they are now discussing. smaller towns and much more open space.
oklahoma border to mexico!
It doesn't matter where it goes as we will not be diving on it.
Mexican truck drivers will drive on it. We will give the land to Cintra the Spanish owned company. Zacary an Illegal Alien employer, so guess who will also be doing the work!
Thank you George Bush . You sold us down the river while we sat and watched the Football Games. shoped and were asleep. Our congress has never approved this. If you live in the path of this , Sorry! Your property and home just got devalued.........
http://www.keeptexasmoving.org/projects/devel...

Since: Dec 06

Location hidden

#22 Jan 15, 2007
Shar wrote:
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Evidently you are not studied much. Tarrant Co. Homes denton Co. taken by Ft. Worth, taken for Nascar, Homes taken for North East Mall, Homes taken for Jerry Jones cowboy stadium, Homes (Brick) land, taken for Cabellos. Homes land taken for alliance Airport in progress now Denton Co.
Think when they start this.
It may end up going West side of the Metroplex that would be better for Weatherford Ft. Worth, Dallas, Waco area as they are now discussing. smaller towns and much more open space.
oklahoma border to mexico!
It doesn't matter where it goes as we will not be diving on it.
Mexican truck drivers will drive on it. We will give the land to Cintra the Spanish owned company. Zacary an Illegal Alien employer, so guess who will also be doing the work!
Thank you George Bush . You sold us down the river while we sat and watched the Football Games. shoped and were asleep. Our congress has never approved this. If you live in the path of this , Sorry! Your property and home just got devalued.........
http://www.keeptexasmoving.org/projects/devel...
Congress has nothing to do with What property owners decided to do with thier PRIVATELY OWNED property ,Most of the property owners WHO SOLD thier property did so with out notifying congress or YOU .Maybe a letter to your local paper telling those property owners how displeased YOU are over THIER selling OUT has upset you would make you feel a little less betrayed ..

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