January 6, 2009

AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Transportation announced this morning that it has officially killed the Trans Texas Corridor, saying that despite the project’s visionary aspects, “it is clearly not the choice of Texans.”

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The announcement comes six years after Gov. Rick Perry shook up the state’s transportation and political circles by unveiling an ambitious plan to stretch highways, rail lines and utilities for hundreds of miles along the Interstate 35 and Interstate 69 corridors.

The plan, which would have cost tens of billions of dollars and relied heavily on private toll roads, was hugely controversial.

Amadeo Saenz, executive director of TxDOT, made the announcement that the agency was giving up on the idea at the annual Transportation Forum in Austin.

“Make no mistake, the Trans Texas Corridor as we have known it no longer exists,” he said.

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