Remember those glorious plans for space-age tollroads linking Houston, Dallas and cities all over Texas? The magnificent artists' renderings that promised everything but flying cars?
Forget them. The Trans Texas Corridor, Governor Rick Perry's grandiose plan to pave massive roads through rural Texas, is dead.
Not exactly dead, TxDot executive director Amadeo Saenz told a conference this morning; just the subject of an "updated vision."
"Texans have spoken, and we've been listening," said Saenz. "Citizens across the state have had good ideas about how Texas roads can better serve Texas communities. I believe this transformed vision for the TTC and other major corridor development goes a long way toward addressing the concerns we've heard over the past several years."
As the Dallas Morning News reports, the "new vision" is pretty close to death: "Make no mistake, the Trans Texas Corridor as we have known it no longer exists," he said
The multi-billion-dollar plan -- vague enough that no real price tag could be put on it -- did little but stir up ridicule among some people, criticism from those wondering why high-speed tollroads were necessary, and worry among farmers and landowners living in the vast expanse between the state's biggest cities.
It was to include roadways, rail and pipelines. Spaceports for the flying cars were apparently to be added later.
-- Richard Connelly
Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.