Call it the worst kept secret in Austin: the Trans-Texas Corridor is dead.This is great news for Texas, and likely good news for Governor Rick Perry's reelection bid when he runs against Kay Bailey.
Amadeo Saenz Jr., executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, admitted as much on Tuesday when he unveiled a new plan for handling future cross-state traffic.
The Trans-Texas Corridor was Governor Perry's pet project, and its passing will be praised by many. The proposed TTC was a mile wide corridor to run from Mexico North through Texas. The .gov would have had to use eminent domain to acquire much of the land needed for this project, land that had been held by families for generations. I believe that some of these families would have done much more than talk to prevent this mile wide thoroughfare from dividing their land. I am very happy that this project is dead.
You know, even if a major transportation corridor is necessary between Mexico and Canada, Texas is not the best location for the project. I believe that the I25 corridor, pretty much a straight shot North and South, would be a much better choice for such a project.