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Texans Polled on Transportation Issues

The second in an ongoing series of Texas Lyceum Polls is focused on transportation and was published yesterday. The group is a nonprofit and nonpartisan leadership group. The Lyceum Poll conducted a telephone-based multi-stage cluster sample of Texas adults with an overall margin of error of 3.1 percent.

Out of 1,000 surveyed adults, half of them male and half females, Texans want their government to put money into public transportation but are not in favor of gas taxes or toll roads to finance transportation needs.  

Eight out of ten interviewed Texans said they were registered to vote and 85% consider themselves “extremely interested” or “somewhat interested” in politics and public affairs.  

Some highlights from the poll include: 

Ø      68 % of those polled said they drive themselves to work while 2% use mass transit.
Ø      70% said they would opt for more spending on the roadways, however 44% said spending is about right on transportation.
Ø      66% oppose tolls on new roads, 69% oppose tolls on existing roads, while 8% regularly drive on toll roads.
Ø      53% of those polled favor the state of Texas allowing private business contractors to handle transportation projects and improvements.
Ø      51% said they oppose the state using its power of eminent domain to secure right of way for new transportation projects.
Ø      60% strongly oppose an increase in the gas tax for building and maintaining roads.
 

For more details of the poll, please visit Lyceum web site. <http://www.texaslyceum.org/media/staticContent/PubCon_Journals/2008/Transportation%20Summary%20(day%201)%20final.pdf

NTTA Celebrates “Linking the Region” with SH 121

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Carrollton, TX – Officials of the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) today presented a “Texas-sized” $3.197 billion check to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and North Central Texas Council of Governments for the right to design, build, operate and maintain State Highway (SH) 121 in Collin, Dallas and Denton counties during a press event in Carrollton.

NTTA Board Chairman Paul N. Wageman presented the oversized check to Texas Transportation Commission Chairman Ric Williamson, and North Richland Hills Mayor and Chairman of the North Texas Regional Transportation Council (RTC) Chairman T. Oscar Trevino, Jr. during the “Linking the Region” press event that was held at Carrollton City Hall.

Also participating was Carrollton Mayor Becky Miller.  Public officials from the three counties along the corridor; Collin, Dallas and Denton, as well as from the corridor’s cities: Allen, Carrollton, Coppell, Fairview, Frisco, Lewisville, McKinney, Plano, and The Colony also attended the event.

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Eldorado Town Hall Meeting

On Thursday, October 25, Frisco hosted a special Town Hall Meeting to discuss the construction of Eldorado. Residents in NW Frisco have become increasingly frustrated with the traffic on Eldorado. The worst was the first week on school as residents were trying to figure out their routes. We received several hundred e-mails that week when traffic and frustrations were at their worst. There has been some relief as traffic patterns have become more established and with the opening of the Tollway extension. Also, Panther Creek was made a higher priority which should we open late next summer. This, along with the opening of some new schools, will help to relieve Eldorado further. Since Eldorado is 2-3 years from opening, any relief will be appreciated. We will continue to explore any ideas to help our residents in NW Frisco.

Here is a link to some FAQs regarding Eldorado:
http://www.frisco-online.com/article.cfm?id=2912

Here is an article discussing alternate routes for Eldorado:
http://www.frisco-online.com/article.cfm?id=2824

121 Tollway Public Hearing

I attended the public hearing in Plano regarding the sale of the 121 tollway to Cintra for $2.1 billion. As most know, this public hearing was more show than substance as the deal was announced the following day. A Tx Dot spokesman essentially read a prepared document regarding the plan. Following an intermission, 4-5 concerned citizens voiced their opinion followed by applause.

Outside of the employees required to be there, only probably 2 dozen citizens showed up along with Mayor Simpson and City Manager George Purefoy.

If you are interested in this topic you find more public info in the debates on www.Frisco-Online.com:

http://www.frisco-online.com/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=3&threadid=117640&enterthread=y

here’s another:
http://www.frisco-online.com/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=4&threadid=116967&enterthread=y

Dallas News article:
http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/latestnews/stories/022807dnmethighwaycontract.1187bfa.html