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Special to The Ellis County Press
WAXAHCHIE - Ellis County will soon be at a transportation crossroads, according to county officials.

County Judge and County Commissioners will host the Ellis County Transportation Crossroads to discuss the county's role in regional transportation.

The educational and informational forum will be held at the Waxahachie Civic Center on Thursday, Nov.29.

The two-hour meeting will begin with refreshments at 6:30 p.m. and the speakers will commence at 7 p.m.

Ellis County is part of a metropolitan planning area of several counties.

Guest speakers will discuss Ellis County's role and the impact of regional transportation planning including topics such as Loop 9, State Highway 360, future federal funding, rail and the Dallas Logistics Hub.

Commissioner Ron Brown, pct. 4 and regional transportation council member will open the forum with a challenge to approach the growth of Ellis County with wise planning and non-partisan leadership.

Michael Morris, director of Transportation, North Central Texas Council of Governments, will address regional highways, freeways and the 'outer loop.'

Bill Hale, district engineer, Texas Department of Transportation, will report on the Highway 360 extension and other major freeway improvements including I-35 and US 287.

Leslie Jutzi, director of governmental affairs and community relations, The Allen Group, will go over the history of shipping containers from a national level to the local level while explaining the Dallas Logistics Hub's role.

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