Trans-Texas Corridor May Live On

Reports of the death of Governor Perry's Trans-Texas Corridor may be premature. Some parts of the controversial project have been canceled, but other parts of it will live on in Houston and other large cities. From Dallas — Shelley Kofler reports state officials trimmed the unpopular project down just as state lawmakers were getting ready to debate it again.
The Department of Transportation executive director dropped the bombshell a crowd of twelve hundred industry professionals saying 'Texans have spoken and we've been listening.'

Dallas Senator John Cornyn, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, couldn't be more pleased.

"I think it's great news for the people of the state. We heard for many months now, people didn't want the corridor built for a variety of different reasons."

As a strong critic over the corridor placed restrictions on it's construction. He preceded over volatile public hearings which included one at the legislature which attracted more than a thousand opponents from across the state.

Cornyn says landowners and environmentalists were among those who objected to the governor's concept of building a state-wide transportation system, with a main corridor that stretched from Oklahoma to Mexico. Opponents said the twelve hundred-foot width of the corridor with roads, rail lines, utilities, and more was just too much. 

"The notion of going out into deep, rural farm lands of the state and building this corridor at the expense of landowners and through a very aggressive pattern and process of takings of land. I think that's what people really found just unacceptable, just downright un-Texan."

On a conference call with reporters Governor Perry said he agreed with the Transportation Department's decision to scale down the project he unveiled seven years ago. 

"I think the concept of the Tran-Texas Corridor was one that frankly, got misunderstood and the idea that there was misrepresentation of what it was certainly plays into the decision Tx-Dot made and I support their decision." 

Cornyn says sections of the corridor project, especially those planned for congested urban areas are still on the drawing board. Eliminating this hot political potato means Cornyn and his transportation committee can know focus on how to pay for roads that Texans want, instead of how to block roads they don't want.