In perusing my 'Comments', I notice that I seem to have forgotten to opine about one of my pet peeves: The Trans-Texas Corridor.
Goodness, I'll just have to remedy that.
For the official TxDOT site, go here.
For the opposing viewpoint, go here, here, here, and here.
So, what is the Trans-Texas Corridor, and why does the LawDog have such a case of the hips about it?
In mush-mouth language, the Trans-Texas Corridor is: "a multi-use, statewide network of transportation routes in Texas that will incorporate existing and new highways, railways and utility right-of-ways, each route including: 1)separate lanes for passenger vehicles and large trucks;
2) freight railways;
3) high-speed commuter railways; and
4) infrastructure for utilities including water lines, oil and gas pipelines, and transmission lines for electricity, broadband and other telecommunications services ."
Let me break that down for y'all:
The State of Texas plans to spend the next fifty years putting in a four thousand-mile uber-toll-road/railway line, along an easement that will be 1,200 feet from side-to-side. 584 thousand acres will be used. Something over 9000 square miles.
We will now pause for a moment to allow that idea to percolate.
"But, LawDog," I hear you say, "Isn't 90+% of the land in Texas privately owned?"
Well, let us check with Coby Chase, TxDOT Legislative Affairs Director:
"The number of courts authorized to hear eminent domain cases should be expanded"
He goes further to state that Eminent Domain cases related to the Trans-Texas Corridor should be "...made more efficient"
Yes, Texas Department of Transportation is expecting such a large number of eminent domain cases from the TTC, that they're lobbying the Texas State Legislature to not only increase the number of courts allowed to hear eminent domain cases, but to make the process more efficient.
Show of paws: How many folks think the 'efficient' part is going to benefit TxDOT, rather than the folks whose land is gettin grabbed?
Yeah, me too.
There are questions regarding the Spain-based corporation that has been given the contract for the first section of the TTC -- seems to be some rumours concerning the legality/ethicality/morality of some of their toll-road operations.
As usual, peruse the links above and come to your own conclusions.