Toll roads are being pushed for all main roads in Central Texas.
I sent the following email/letter to Texas transportation agencies and legislators. Those in charge want to toll
all roads in Central and South Texas. It will be a constant battle for future
generations to keep the pressure on the special interests who want this. They
all know me for years and don’t really care what I have to say, but I keep
saying it anyway.
If you want to contact all those in Texas who are pushing for increasing toll roads, specifically the tolling of MoPac and SH 45, you may go to the following site at Keep MoPac Local:
Name : Peter Stern
Email : email@example.com
Keep Mopac Local: Oppose the $100 million SH 45 SW toll road
Message : Dear
CAMPO, City, County, and State Officials:
If you think toll roads work
well, all you have to do is to look at states that have had them for decades.
Some of those states are New York, New Jersey, California, to name a few. Toll
roads add long-term debt, more traffic, pollution and they are private roads for
the wealthy who can afford them.
Please remove the proposed $100 million
SH 45 SW “aquifer toll road” from the 2015 to 2018 Transportation Improvement
Plan. If built, the project would make congestion on Mopac worse while polluting
the Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer.
CAMPO’s own December 2013 traffic
study showed that building the SH 45 SW aquifer toll road will divert traffic
from Interstate 35 to Mopac, which is already overloaded. Only a relatively few
Hays county commuters will benefit at the expense of current Mopac commuters,
Mopac corridor neighbors, taxpayers, and Barton Springs.
The $100 million
cost of SH 45 SW should be directed to projects that improve traffic flow on
I-35, provide transit options to north-south commuters, and encourage
development and use of the SH 130 corridor.
The proposed SH 45 SW is
really just one piece of the larger project to convert Mopac to a western
alternative I-35. This loop and bypass plan should be studied first, as one
whole project, rather than pursued in piecemeal fashion. Mopac should continue
to serve primarily as a local commuter highway, with limited access at the south
end, until such time as all of the costs, benefits and environmental impacts of
expanding Mo pac to a full freeway, expanding the Mopac bridge over Lady Bird
Lake, and building SH 45 SW are considered together.
Thank you for your
consideration. Please start working in the best interests of the ENTIRE
community and not merely special interest and/or the wealthy.