Friday, July 27, 2012
In our most recent posts, the names TXDot and the U.S. Department of Transportation keep coming up. In our posts over the years so does the Corp of Engineers, North Central Texas Council of Governments and a certain congresswoman from Texas.
WHO do you think had a meeting and "found" some more money for what THEY wanted? Yes, all of the above. And WHERE do you think that money comes from? YOU guessed it.
Somewhere in this project, flood control became an afterthought. So did private property rights. If you have business to do on White Settlement Road, we hear you better get it done.
All the while, the local "news" tries to sell you and cheers them on. Anyone know the going rate for a kick back these days?
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram calls it "amazing news". They also think you are a bunch of idiots. Someone should prove them wrong. Notice, they "pledged to back the project". With YOUR money. But the "funding sources haven't been publicly identified". Say WHAT?
And when did flood control become a footnote? Wasn't that the whole reason for the Trinity River Vision?
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Texas Department of Transportation Commissioner Bill Meadows, Maribel Chavez, Fort Worth district engineer for the state transportation department, and Michael Morris, transportation director of the North Central Texas Council of Governments, met late last week with U.S. Rep. Kay Granger, R-Fort Worth, in Washington where they pledged to back the project, bumping its construction from 2016 to next summer.
The new funding sources for the White Settlement Road bridge have not been publicly identified.
To add insult to injury, they wrote an editorial telling you how good the Trinity River Vision and bikes are for you. WHY would such programs increase so drastically worldwide? It's called an agenda. We're just sayin.
Just five years ago there were 60 such programs worldwide, according to CNNMoney.com. Today there are almost 450, including one in San Antonio.
There is no one solution to transportation problems, and urban planners must be creative and nonconventional when addressing those issues.
As federal dollars -- our dollars -- become available for some of these innovative projects, local and state officials must be in a position to apply for them and, when granted, put them to good use.
Posted by The Star-Telegraph at Friday, July 27, 2012