I'm glad to see stories skeptical of the Trans Texas Corridor being run, especially on the TV news. There's quite a bit that's good in this KHOU piece from earlier this week, but before I get to that, I need to getan annoyance off my chest first.
It's no secret that Texas is in a jam -- a traffic jam.
Freeways are overcrowded and the state can't afford to build new ones. It can barely maintain the ones we have.
Having gotten that off my chest, I'll say that the rest of the story did a good job hitting on the main points of contention with the TTC. More like that would be nice.
Elsewhere, the NBC affiliate in Waco has a piece on the skeptical response that the TTC got from McLennan County commissioners.
The Trans-Texas Corridor is one of the boldest highways ever proposed, but what will be the economic impact be on McLennan County? That's what commissioners tried to figure out from state transportation officials at their weekly meeting.
Many of the concerns surrounded the county's tax base because as much as 4,000 acres of rural land would be taken to build the highway. That's tax money the county would lose.
Commissioners are also concerned the county and the state may not have the final say because a private company is building the highway and development of I-35 could be slowed if the focus shifts to the Trans-Texas Corridor.
County Commissioner Wendall Crunk says, “Just about everything I've looked at has been negative for McLennan County.”
TxDOT officials and county commissioners talked for about two hours, but in the end, some commissioners were still not convinced the Trans-Texas Corridor is the best thing.
Commissioner Lester Gibson says, “I did not get any specific answers. The gentleman tried to answer, but it was still vague.”