Today is indeed a time for celebration. Yesterday hundreds of Texans
showed that the ordinary people of this state still have the
independence and determination to stand up for their rights. The toll
road hearing before the Senate Transportation and Homeland Security
Committee was a phenomenon - drawing people of many political
persuasions from all over the state, all saying “no” to private toll
Many Fix290 supporters attended and gave comments at the hearings
which lasted until they had to close the capitol down. Kathi Thomas
gave us an account at the Fix290 Forum last night. She noted a major
change that has not been mentioned in the news stories: Both elected
officials and private citizens are publicly challenging TxDOT. TxDOT
is being criticized for fiscal irresponsibility and lack of
transparence. The idol has feet of sand!
Our own Bruce Melton made an outstanding powerpoint presentation that
honed in on TxDOT’s engineering failures as well. Bruce, who was
fresh back from a winter camping trip through the Rockes, was pulled
in as our main speaker when our scheduled speaker suffered a back
injury and was unable to attend. The points he made were powerful.
They need to be made again and again until the public and our
leadership thoroughly understands:
TxDOT cannot build the road they brought to us last year as a
certainty. They cannot build it because they bungled all the
environmental permitting by failing to submit relevant data to the
Army Corps of Engineers, TCEQ, and US Fish & Wildlife. That is why
the construction is delayed.
What Fix290 is saying to TxDOT now is “tell us what you are doing.”
TxDOT prefers to do their redesign in secret and spring it on us when
complete. We ask they to include some community input during the
redesign and therefore have a better chance of getting it right.
You can view video of the hearing here� >>>
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