Dierschke: Time to terminate Trans-Texas Corridor
Texas Farm Bureau President
“We hope you will agree with us that it is finally time to kill the Trans-Texas Corridor,” Dierschke testified before the House Transportation Committee on April 21.
Although the farm organization recognizes the need to build and maintain
“If new highways are needed, landowners should have reasonable access to their property where farms and ranches have been divided,” Dierschke said, criticizing TTC’s model of limited access. “Or, they should at least be
“Of course, as we have learned through the debate on eminent domain, TxDOT does not compensate property owners for diminished access,” he added.
An announcement in January by Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director Amadeo Saenz concerning the name change—from “TTC” to “Vision 2009: Innovative Connectivity in Texas”—does not mean the massive transportation project is dead.
“As long as the authority remains in law to construct the TTC, it is merely dormant—like a weed waiting for the right conditions to grow again,” Dierschke said.
If the TTC is in fact “dead,” Dierschke said there would be no further need for the authority under Chapter 227 of the Transportation Code for the establishment, designation, construction or operation of a system of multimodal facilities, including toll roads, rail facilities and utilities.
“The sensible course of action is to repeal these laws,” he suggested. “There are adequate finan
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