Anti-TTC protest in Hempstead, Texas
By MELISSA SULLIVAN
The Bryan-College Station Eagle
HEMPSTEAD - About 150 people showed their opposition Thursday night to the Trans-Texas Corridor, a sprawling road project that would create thousands of miles of new tollways, railways and utility lines across the state.
The corridor would create separate lanes for passenger and large trucks, along with high-speed commuter railways. An 800-mile section would stretch from Mexico through Central Texas to Oklahoma, and parts could pass through the Brazos Valley, state officials say.
But many rural landowners oppose the plan, promoted by Gov. Rick Perry, because of the land it would take up.
Eleanor Tilghman, who attended Thursday's rally at the Hempstead High School football stadium, and said she owns 27 acres of land that she fears could be ruined by the corridor project.
"I think the Trans-Texas Corridor will destroy Waller and other counties," she said at the rally - where Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn, who is challenging Perry in next year's Republican primary, made a campaign stop. "It's unnecessary and not needed."
Plans call for the corridor to be completed in phases over the next 50 years, according the Trans-Texas Corridor Web site. Public hearings on the project are scheduled for next spring.
• Melissa Sullivan's e-mail address is melissa.sullivan@ theeagle.com.
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