Thursday, June 12, 2008

"Federal law requires TxDOT to re-do it's entire environmental study with their new map, new route, and new study area for the FHA's consideration."

Route Change Needs New Study

So say watchdogs looking over plans for Trans-Texas Corridor.

June 12, 2008

Bill O'Neal
Copyright 2008

It's pretty simple. A change in plans does not mean x can simply pick up where it left off with the Trans-Texas Corridor-at least according to one watchdog group that has been keeping a close eye on the proposal.

"It's obviously completely different than the route they originally promoted in the public hearings and took public comment on. Yes, they absolutely have to re-do this-there's no way around it," Terri Hall with Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom said.

"It is clear that federal law requires TXDOT to now re-do it's entire environmental study of the Trans-Texas Corridor-69 project route-given they are now submitting a new map, a new route, and a new study area to the Federal Highway Administration for consideration," Hall said, maintaining the change in plans should essentially put officials back at square one.

"They're playing some legal games with very subtle changes in language that really doesn't hold them and their feet to the fire like necessary," Hall said.

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