As predicted months ago by Static, the Trans-Texas Corridor has more lives than a cat and simply refuses to go away. Governor Slick Rick Perry’s wet-dream to cut our state into huge pieces that would divide cities, towns, farms, and school districts for unnecessary, foreign-owned toll roads that only the most affluent could afford is threatening to come back to life, thanks to several bills recently introduced into the state legislature.
The eminent domain land grab — sworn to be a dead issue by the guv himself — is being resuscitated by Rep. Larry Phillips (R-Dist. 62) via House Bill 3789, which, according to Terry Hall, founder/director of Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom, would reauthorize “Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) and … grant the private toll road developers control of not only the toll lanes but also non-toll lanes, frontage roads, buildings on the tollway, parking areas, rest stops, ancillary facilities, and more” for periods as long as 50 years.
Not to be outdone, the Texas Senate has just passed SB1007, which would allow for the sale of private roads “to the highest bidder on Wall Street for portions of the Grand Parkway around Houston,” Hall said.