Texans Protest Trans-Texas Toll Road Proposal

Glenn Swanson
by Glenn Swanson
texans protest trans texas toll road proposal

As reported by OneNewsNow, more than 10k people have attended public hearings to "discuss" the proposed four-thousand-mile network of toll roads known as the Trans-Texas Corridor (a.k.a. the "NAFTA superhighway"). "They're taking huge swaths of land. Some of it is prime agriculture land," Terry Hall of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom (TURF) protests. "And they're going [to] hand it over to private entities for commercial gain." Texas Governor Perry calls such critics "unenlightened." Perry claims people need the road system so they "don't spend all their time in gridlock instead of being with their kids at soccer practice or back home with their families." The Houston Chronicle reports on the public hearing in Katy, where dozens of speakers decried the road system as "un-American." "These are the things that started the American Revolution– the seizing of houses and land, and taxation without representation," according to Dianne Hodge of Waller. "If we need a new American Revolution to restore a government of the people, by the people and for the people, then let it begin in Texas."

Join the conversation
4 of 18 comments
  • Windswords Windswords on Feb 27, 2008

    mel23 Not only is that site a mishmash, but the guy can't even get his name right - he's not George W. Bush Jr. The bigger point is this is not germain to the discussion at hand - which is this land grab in Texas by the gubmint for the "common good".

  • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Feb 28, 2008

    EEGeek, Dallas, being north of I-10, is yankee territory for sure. Seriously, I am from Houston. I forgot about the Dallas toll roads. Still, it's more proof for my point since Dallas was infested by a bunch of carpet bag carrying bankers and financial types a long time ago. Did you think a bunch of Aggies started all those banks and investment companies? Haven't you noticed that all the corporations from the northeast have their regional HQ's in Dallas rather than Houston, Austin, or San Antonio? But seriously, I really do think it's a yankee thing. They must have got it from all those royals they married into.

  • Glenn Swanson Glenn Swanson on Feb 28, 2008
    Landcrusher: But seriously, I really do think it’s a yankee thing. They must have got it from all those royals they married into. Sure, blame this Texas-sized project on us Yankees! ;-) But we remember what G.W. Bush said to Al Gore: Don't mess with Texas! BTW: In my home state of Connecticut, the number of toll-roads currently = zero. :-)

  • Landcrusher Landcrusher on Feb 28, 2008

    Glenn, We have to blame it on someone. Gratz on the tollway free zone.