Frau Budgie at Red Hot Cuppa Politics posted today about the proposed (some say "done deal") Trans-Texas Corridor. Here is an email from the horse's mouth. There will, no doubt, be future posts on this subject, but for now, here is some information.
Here is the website for the Trans-Texas Corridor: http://www.keeptexasmoving.com/projects/ttc35/deis_overview.aspx
Here is an email received relating thereto. Notice that at the bottom there is an email address to contact to get on a notification list:
Sent: Tuesday, April 04, 2006 4:33 PM
Subject: Preliminary Federal Environmental Approval Given to Narrowed Study Area for Trans-Texas Corridor-35
A multi-use transportation alternative to the heavily congested Interstate 35 corridor was approved today, according to a 4,000-page draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) signed by the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration on the Trans-Texas Corridor-35 (TTC-35). The report reveals that the narrowed study area lies slightly to the east of and incorporates the southern half of Interstate 35.
The area identified runs from Gainesville to Laredo . It will be generally 10 miles wide and within close proximity to I-35 and metropolitan centers, except where it is centered on I-35 south of San Antonio to Laredo.
The narrowed study area was identified as the preferred option because it best supports the purpose and need for TTC-35 and incorporates the most miles of existing highways and rail, 195 and 214 miles respectively
- an important factor according to public comments received.
More than 50 public hearings will be held this summer throughout the study area. Dates, times and locations of the hearings will be released in the near future.
A map of the narrowed study area and additional information on the DEIS are available at http://www.keeptexasmoving.com/projects/ttc35/deis_overview.aspx .
Please do not respond to this email. If you have any further questions or wish to be removed from the TTC-35 Project mailing list, please call toll free at 1.877.872.6789 or send an email to email@example.com .