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Austin Liberty Coalition Message Board › Reminder:ShowUp!StopTolls on MoPac-Dec-1st& 2nd

Reminder:ShowUp!StopTolls on MoPac-Dec-1st& 2nd

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Austin, TX
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TXDOT, in cooperation with CTRMA, is extending an offer to you to participate in 2 public open houses to review and comment on proposed improvements to MoPac (Loop 1) between Parmer Lane and the Cesar Chavez Street Interchange for an overall distance of about 11 miles. If you don't want tolls, you must submit your comments there to the TXDOT comment box, or make your comments to the court reporters.

We all drive MoPac, so we'll all be paying the tolls to drive on a road we've already paid for--a road that they are siezing from us to make us unfairly pay again everytime we drive.
Please come to these 2 meetings to speak out on these important issues!

Please send this as an email to every one you know and try to get them to come to these 2 meetings to keep tolls off MoPac as we've been successful in doing in the past.

Thanks for all your hard work over these last 7 years.
Mary Anderson,
Director of
(512) 451-3914

TxDOT and the Mobility Authority invite you to attend one of two Open House meetings (December 1st and 2nd) to learn more about the MoPac (TollRoad) Improvement Project. The purpose of the Open Houses is to present the reasonable alternatives that have been identified to date based on the project’s need and purpose and feedback from the public.
MoPac Improvement Project Open Houses from 6-8 p.m.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
O. Henry Middle School Cafeteria
2610 West 10th Street
Austin, TX 78703

Thursday, December 2, 2010
Murchison Middle School Cafeteria
3700 North Hills Drive
Austin, TX 78731

[u]Let’s Keep MoPac Toll Free! Organize your own Neighborhood Groups!

Are Tolled Managed Lanes on MoPac really a good idea for what we want to retain as an inner city parkway? Are tolls really the answer to road congestion? Could their toll plan on MoPac lead to expanded overpasses (Double-Decking) our MoPac parkway, making for another promise broken? Might they eventually toll every lane of MoPac? Will they just re-strip the road, then make us pay for crowded dangerous lanes?

Noise & Neighborhood Encroachment: The proposed changes will make MoPac, not IH-35, the primary thoroughfare through Austin. Managed toll lanes will add another lane of high speed traffic both ways on MoPac--that will bring the total to 8 to 10 lanes, versus only 6 to 8 lanes for most of IH 35. MoPac is being used to carry traffic that TxDOT could shift to IH-35. TxDOT is asking neighborhoods along MoPac to tolerate an interstate thoroughfare that they will pay tolls on.

Some people think that if MoNAC (MoPac Neighborhood Associations Coalition) agrees to proposed tolled managed lanes on MoPac, there will be sound walls built in exchange. But our neighborhoods have had broken promises since the 1970’s on the sound walls and on other agreements for MoPac. --Where is the money they first appropriated for sound walls? -- How do we get them to keep another promise?

Create a Problem and Profit by the Solution: Some outside traffic experts have observed that much of MoPac’s most severe congestion is the result of bad planning –where 3 lanes of traffic flow on MoPac goes into one traffic light at Oakhill. TxDOT is creating a problem by bottle-necking traffic headed south at stop lights at William Cannon Drive and MoPac, and another stop light north at the construction sight at 183 A and North MoPac. Such artificial blockages hinder the traffic flow throughout MoPac, but their design serves TxDOT’s agenda of adding toll lanes as the “Only Solution” to Austin’s traffic problems. It’s like leaving an uncleared accident as a rational for widening roads.

Expense: The toll rate will cost users over $500 per year. That assumes a 5-mile, 2-way commute 200 days per year. The two biggest costs in every household are housing and transportation. Increasing transportation costs blows a gaping hole into the family budget.

 MoPac is being used to carry traffic that TxDOT should shift to IH-35, TxDOT is currently asking people along MoPac to tolerate an interstate thoroughfare, if the Toll-Plan passes that they must unfairly pay tolls. [Managed toll lanes add another lane of traffic both ways on MoPac--that will bring the total to 8 to 10 lanes for an inner city parkway, whereas IH 35 only has 6 to 8 lanes in places.]
With managed lanes the toll lanes will sit empty until the free lane traffic slows a lot--typically only about 6 hours per day. Because of the toll cost, free lane users will still suffer congestion delays. This method discriminates against the poor who cannot pay to drive in the managed toll lanes.

--Failure to pay a toll is a criminal offense. You can face over $300 fine and possible jail time. Good luck fighting an error…and they do make mistakes.

Loss of Public Control and Foreign Ownership: Toll Roads are subject to privatization, and leasing to big corporations, often in foreign countries. Once a road becomes privatized, according to Texas House Bill 3588 and 2702, it is the property of a private corporation that can build, regulate, and control it in the way they wish. I Local highways have already been paid for, so why convert them, and then toll them?

-- Special interest and foreign companies will profit at our expense. Your bond tax dollars are already ending-up in the coffers of CINTRA (Spain) from Rick Perry’s Trans Texas Corridor (TTC 35). It is just a matter of time before many more of our future toll roads render ownership to private and foreign companies. This would not happen with gas tax funding. The public was not given the right to vote on these decisions.

Suggestion: Sign your name on the back of this info sheet and give it to TXDOT with some of your own reasons for not wanting to pay tolls on the parkway through your neighborhood. If you are interested in working to keep Mopac toll free, you can ORGANIZE YOUR OWN NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS.

For more information go to: http://www.campotexas...­, or call Mary 451-3914 or contact us at texansagainsttolls (at) of

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