Remember the free alternative routes TxDOT always promises? Phase I tolls are now open and many folks in Central Texas are realizing TxDOT has not delivered.
Gov. Perry and his band of thieves at TxDOT haven’t been telling the truth about these freeway toll conversions.
Check the TxDOT internal presentation slide above. Read the headline, "Limiting the Alternatives (Supply)." By limiting the free alternative with congested frontage roads with stop lights, and having discontinuous frontage roads, they force our families to drive the tolled expressway. Growing traffic congestion at frontage road stop lights now benefit TxDOT, since they've gotten into the revenue generation business. Some say TxDOT is now altering the timing of the lights on the frontage roads to boost revenue on the new freeway tolls.
Are all toll roads bad? No.
With traditional toll roads, the public has a choice between the toll road and a public expressway (no stop lights). In contrast, Perry’s experimental 'freeway tolls' permanently take the public expressway, and call congested frontage roads with stop lights a reasonable alternative.
The new Central Texas tolled expressways were funded with our city, county and state tax dollars intended for free roads.
For example, TxDOT, the same agency that overestimated their need by $30 Billion dollars, has been saying they’ve run out of money for years.
Delvin Dennis, TxDOT Deputy District Engineer, 8/04
What is the Con?
TxDOT hides the billions, intended for freeways, by allocating the dollars to tollways first then they claim we're broke and need to toll everything.
Another example: When Sen. Kirk Watson was mayor of Austin in the year 2000, he went out to sell the citizens Prop 1 bonds. Watson promised that the bonds would pay for our roads, and help us get our of the horrible traffic congestion. Since then $67 million of the bonds have been diverted to pay for toll roads. The words “Toll Roads” were not in the ballot language WE voted for. (email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to get the city document that proves this fact).
The politicos tell us we’ve run out of freeway money, after they steal it to pay for toll roads, and their contributors get fat off toll profits. The politicos and special interest pals treat us as resources to be harvested, and they make more.
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