Thursday, March 30, 2006

"They've taken our voice through these surveys ... yet on they march."

TXDOT Survey: 65 Percent Say No To Tolls

March 30, 2006

San Antonio
Copyright 2006

SAN ANTONIO -- A study conducted for the Texas Department of Transportation revealed that 65 percent of residents in Bexar County oppose toll roads.

The results of the questionnaire were released at a public meeting Wednesday night.

The research also concluded that residents are concerned about the environmental impact toll road construction would have on the Edwards Aquifer and air quality.

Despite the findings, proponents said that toll roads are the best way to control increasing traffic congestion on Highway 281 north of Loop 1604.

"Toll roads are just one tool in the tool chest for TxDOT," said Terrell McCombs, of the San Antonio Mobility Coalition. "But it's the quickest and most effective tool to get it done fast."

Terri Hall, founder and director of San Antonio Toll Party, said the survey won't stop TxDOT from moving forward with construction.

"They've taken our voice through these surveys ... but yet on they march," Hall said.

The project is currently on hold because of a lawsuit demanding more environmental studies.

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