Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Even Ric Williamson can come. Free of charge.

Cooke Co. meeting of Citizens Against Trans-Texas Corridor open to everyone

Jun 5, 2006

By media release
North Texas e-News
Copyright 2006

Two meetings concerning the highly controversial Trans-Texas Corridor are scheduled Tuesday, June 6, and Tuesday, June 13, at Woodbine, Texas, in the Woodbine Elementary School cafeteria, at 7 p.m.

According to www.keeptexasmoving.org, the TTC-35 will span a width of about four football fields (1,200 feet), and will include separate, multiple toll lanes for passenger vehicles and large trucks, freight railways, high-speed commuter railways, and infrastructure for utilities including water lines, oil and gas pipelines, and transmission lines for electricity, broadband and other telecommunications services.

It is part of a broader proposal of corridors across Texas, including a portion of the national I-69 Project which involves 7 states, connecting Canada, the U.S., and Mexico. Concerned Indiana citizens, including farmers and especially the Amish community, have been fighting their portion of “new terrain” I-69 for years.

Concerns of many North Texas citizens over TTC-35 include environmental impact, eminent domain issues, the loss of valuable farm land, desecration of historic sites and cemeteries, taxation issues, funding issues, impact on local economy, and the divisive nature of such a massive transportation corridor, some 1,200 feet wide, stretching from Laredo to the Red River. Current plans endanger 2,800 acres in Cooke County alone.

Speakers at the June 6 meeting will include Agnes Voges from Blackland Coalition, and eminent domain attorneys Barron, Adler, Anderson, LLP.

Speakers at the June 13 meeting will include State Representative Rick Hardcastle, and representatives from the Austin office of the Texas Farm Bureau, and Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

The elementary school is located on 3164 just south of 678. Woodbine is south of Hwy. 82, on 678, southeast of Gainesville. Signs will be posted with directions to the cafeteria in the new building. Everyone is welcome.

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