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nraacct

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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 10:09:42 AM

Nearly 11 years ago, Gov. Rick Perry offered a vision for Texas that was covered in toll roads.

At a news conference in Austin, Perry delivered the first of hundreds of pitches for the Trans-Texas Corridor, a 4,000-mile network of privately operated toll roads, railroad tracks and utility lines that would stretch across the state. The projected timeline for the project: roughly 50 years. The price tag: $175 billion.


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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 11:12:43 PM


Worth repeating:

"Well said Evowner.."Keep this idea in Texas. Next they want a passport to enter Texas at the border. I though this kind of thinking was abandoned when the US Constitution was ratified."

"Nope their thinking hasn't changed in 50 years...and that's the problem!"
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 1:01:18 PM

Worth asking; doesn't Oklahoma have a toll road system? LOL.

The truth shall set you free!
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 9:58:25 AM


Worth repeating:

"Well said Evowner.."Keep this idea in Texas. Next they want a passport to enter Texas at the border. I though this kind of thinking was abandoned when the US Constitution was ratified."

"Nope their thinking hasn't changed in 50 years...and that's the problem!"
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blupupher
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 7:11:41 AM

i don't like toll roads.
You pay the toll for the road, yet you also still pay gas tax for the fuel you use that does not go to the road your driving on.
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virostek
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 7:02:21 AM

Why?
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MAC48
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 4:51:27 AM

What Texas really needs is an expansion of Interstate 27 from Lubbock to Del Rio that would run to the West of the existing I-35 corridor. This route would avoid the DFW, Austin and San Antonio population centers, provide an alternate route and crossing point for truck traffic headed to or from the Mexican/US border by providing a second NAFTA highway and give needed relief of the congestion frequently experienced on I-35. It might even be advisable to extend Interstate 27 North to the Denver area.

The Chambers of Commerce in DFW, Austin and San Antonio would cry foul but just think of the heavy truck traffic heading to or from the West, Northwest and North of the US/Canada that would not be on I-35 and the related vehicle pollution reduction along the I-35 corridor that would result from such an extension of Interstate 27.
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iFueler
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Message Posted: Dec 5, 2012 1:16:56 AM

toll roads are making a comeback, not that they ever let in some parts of the country.
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drpepperTX
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 11:58:21 PM

Actually evowner and the one who would have us eat the cake, the tollway is a true user pay system. Nobody makes you travel on them, it's a choice unlike the taxes you guys love so much.

As always.....the truth shall set you free!
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LetemEatCake
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 11:03:01 PM


Well said Evowner.."Keep this idea in Texas. Next they want a passport to enter Texas at the border. I though this kind of thinking was abandoned when the US Constitution was ratified."

Nope their thinking hasn't changed in 50 years...and that's the problem!
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Ply440GTX
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 9:15:11 PM

...and how will these work if people avoid them??? Up the speed limits to 100 m.p.h.?!?!?!
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CityCouponer
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 8:30:31 PM

Is this necessary?
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kag2010
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 6:59:12 PM

The poor get poorer right,
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YumaFellow
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 5:25:15 PM

It is the usual Republican bait and switch. "We won't raise taxes: we will just raise tolls and fees". (And privatize everything so that our friends can make off with the big bucks at public expense.)
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ObieDog
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 2:51:07 PM

Hate that everything is starting to toll.
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dabayer
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 2:15:03 PM

Rich investors get richer, the poor get poorer.
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ziyulu
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 1:57:06 PM

Great, as long as I'm not paying for it, bring it on.
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doggod
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 1:40:41 PM

Why not let private companies build it too? That is, if investors agree it's such a great idea.
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evowner
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 1:07:01 PM

Keep this idea in Texas. Next they want a passport to enter Texas at the border. I though this kind of thinking was abandoned when the US Constitution was ratified.
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teenitup
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 12:19:42 PM

Tolls on 130:
Plazas $1.35
Ramps $0.45
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VomVom
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 11:53:16 AM

Over the past few days, there have been a number of articles about States needing money for new roads and highway maintenance. Many states are considering raising gasoline taxes. Wyoming is the latest. Perry basically addressed the issue without raising taxes. He might have a brain freeze during the Republican nomination debates, but you've got to give him credit for his insight and vision for the state of Texas. Whether people wants to admit it or not, traffic is getting worse without new roads and transportation planning.

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md11capt
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 11:25:48 AM

An idea by Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation
whose mission is to:

Bring High Speed Rail to Texas by 2020
Develop a system capable of operating at speeds in excess of 200mph
A completely grade-separate, mostly elevated track
Dual directional track
Stations off the main line
A corridor connecting major airports
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ggwbike
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 11:17:26 AM

I wish that all states would make their toll roads EZ-Pass compatible for paying tolls. Most southern and western states use separate transponders that only work on that state's toll roads. I would like to be able to use one transponder nationwide.
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VomVom
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 11:03:54 AM

"Toll road, slow road or no road"- Perry was and is right.
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lesabreAZ
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 11:03:44 AM

if the roads are maintained, people will pay tolls
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jimgraham
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 10:23:41 AM

Concerning State Highway 130 between Austin and Seguin - no mention of what the toll costs are and how much it is used.

Sooo - what are the tolls?
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humblepie
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 10:23:30 AM

what no tax levy's ?, how dare he operate in a sane manner
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greatartiste
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Message Posted: Dec 4, 2012 10:11:07 AM

Rick Perry = idiot
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