Thursday, March 31, 2005

Partners in Mobility to meet with Texas Transportation Commission

Group to seek road, rail funds

GORDON DICKSON, Staff writer
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Copyright 2005

Metroplex leaders today will make a pitch to the state for a regionwide rail system and request more money for freeways, toll roads and other weapons to battle gridlock.

The North Texas delegation, known as Partners in Mobility, will meet with the Texas Transportation Commission in Austin. The group of mayors, lawmakers and others visits the Capitol annually.

"We have a great relationship with our elected leaders," said Michael Morris, transportation director for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, "and we're asking them to weigh in on these issues."

Their requests include:

* A high-speed rail line connecting Dallas/Fort Worth Airport to Austin and San Antonio by building the Trans -Texas Corridor through the Metroplex.

* Permission to hold an election in Tarrant, Johnson, Dallas, Collin and Ellis counties asking voters to create -- but not fund -- a regional commuter rail authority. A subsequent election would determine funding.

* Approval of $4 billion in strategic highway projects, including the expansion of Interstate 30 in Arlington and Airport Freeway in Northeast Tarrant County.

ONLINE: Texas Transportation Commission: Gordon Dickson, (817) 685-3816 -eoptag-

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