transtexas corridor: Page 1
On January 6, the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) announced that the TransTexas Corridor had been scrapped. But - as even they admit - what they actually meant was that they were doing little more than scrapping the name, breaking the TTC out into individual projects with apparently individual proposals, and scaling back a few things.
Barack Obama is apparently considering naming former Dallas mayor Ron Kirk as U.S. Trade Representative. Kirk is a strong NAFTA booster while Obama has only pretended not to be one. During the campaign, Obama played a cute game: pretending to want to "renegotiate" NAFTA, only to later admit that he'd been misleading. With Kirk, at least what they want to do is a bit more out in the open.
Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk said “75 percent of goods that move between Mexico and the United States by truck move come through our community on Interstate 35. This is our effort to make that corridor designated the 'NAFTA Freeway' the true river of trade between our communities."
Yes, you read that right: Obama's choice supported a "NAFTA Freeway", nowadays called the TransTexas Corridor. While the latter is a real plan in the late planning stages in Texas, endless hacks have claimed that its Mexico to Canada version - the NAFTA Superhighway is just tin foil hat talk. Accordingly, expect fun word games ahead, as Obama's supporters try to explain that that isn't the same as a "NAFTA Superhighway", something that those supporters have said isn't a plan despite Obama describing something that sounds an awful like it and despite Obama supporting a secretive Bush scheme (the SPP.gov) to "harmonize" regulations between the three countries.
Note also that Obama's choice to be Labor Secretary, Hilda Solis, doesn't really oppose "free trade"; she simply supports "fair trade", i.e., "free trade" with fluffed pillows to make things a little more comfortable for those negatively affected.
Official Mexican government reports reveal Mexico has entered discussions with the state of Texas and top officials in the Bush administration to extend the Trans-Texas Corridor into Mexico, with a plan to connect through Monterrey to the deep-water Mexican ports on the Pacific, including Manzanillo and Lazaro Cardenas.
..."I don't think [immigration "reform"] is that difficult of an issue if Congress would have the maturity to sit down and really discuss it and cut out all of the mean rhetoric and really talk about what is a solution to this issue," Perry told a news conference.
Macquarie is an Australian conglomerate that has interests in U.S. toll roads, including one in Indiana that it co-owns with the Spanish conglomerate Cintra.
State transportation officials say that, with the expected approval today of a master plan on the Trans-Texas Corridor's Interstate 35 twin, they can now release previously confidential documents that have sparked a lawsuit and played a prominent role in the governor's race.
There's an interview here where he's asked about those questions. However, I was unable to get their video player to work, so I don't know how he responded.
Trans-Texas Corridor critics denounced the state's handling of the project on Tuesday and called on McLennan County residents to organize against the proposed transportation network.
Texas' Republican Gov. Rick Perry wants to build a massive scar across that state called the "Trans-Texas Corridor". It would consist of roads, railway lines, and energy transport pipelines and, in some places, it would be one-quarter of a mile wide.
The TransTexas Corridor appears to be closer to reality:
AUSTIN - Farmers oppose it, metro area officials are upset about it and now state lawmakers have their own concerns about the Trans Texas Corridor, Gov. Rick Perry's $184 billion plan to build megahighways around the state.
Say hello to the Trans-Texas Corridor (link):
In what sounds like another tall tale told by a Texan, the state has embarked on an audacious project to build superhighways so big and so complex that they will make ordinary interstates look like cow paths.