"The purpose of the hearings was to solicit public input on the TTC, but now Perry says the purpose was actually something else entirely."
Perry says toll road plans will go forward despite opposition voiced at public hearings
August 15, 2006
By Jim Forsyth
WOAI News Radio
Hundreds of people showed up at three dozen public hearings over the past month to speak out on the proposed Trans Texas Corridor, the $175 billion system of toll roads Governor Perry has proposed for Texas.
The vast majority of the people who showed up at the hearings, by one estimate by a ratio of twenty to one, spoke out against the superhighways, claiming they would bisect farms and ranches, would be a giveaway to big construction companies, and would allow private companies, in some cases headquartered out of the country, to determine how much money Texas have to pay to drive.
Now, Governor Perry has spoken out on what he thinks of the public hearing process, and it's not much.
"I happen to think that the great majority of people in the state of Texas who did not go to those hearings, want to see traffic moving, they want to see an end to congestion, and they want hazardous materials kept out of our cities," Perry told 1200 WOAI news.
The purpose of the hearings was to solicit public input on the Trans Texas Corridor, but now Perry says the purpose was actually something else entirely.
"If anyone has a better plan, those hearings were the place to lay them out," Perry said, adding that he didn't hear any 'better plans' specified.
Perry says he remains fully committed to moving forward with the Trans Texas Corridor. The SR-130 Bypass currently under construction from Seguin to Georgetown may become a port of TTC-35, the Trans Texas Corridor route running from Sherman to Laredo.
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