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1200 WOAI Report Revealing I-35 Toll Road Plan Sparks Outrage

1200 WOAI Report Revealing I-35 Toll Road Plan Sparks Outrage

 

 

  Yesterday's 120 WOAI news report revealing a proposal by a top Texas transportation official to remove the tolls on the State Highway 130 toll road and place tolls on I-35 between San Antonio and Austin has, as you might expect, generated a flood of reaction from state and federal officials, and every single reaction has been negative.

 

  U.S. Rep Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio), whose district stretches along I-35 from San Antonio to Austin, called it a 'bad idea.'

 

  "I think toll roads should be separate roads," Smith said.  "There is a reason fro those, if people want to pay more because they were save time, I think that is totally justified."

 

  Smith said if the idea, which was floated by Texas Transpiration Commission Chairman Ted Houghton as a way to decrease the ever growing vehicle volumes on I-35, should get traction, he will move to block it.

 

  "The whole idea behind 130 has been to have a separate road as a toll road, and if that is not working the way that it should, that is not the fault of people who are driving along I-35," he said.

 

  Republican governor candidate Tom Pauken also blasted the idea, as did several members of the Texas Legislature.

 

  Ironically, the road swap would be legal, because a bill introduced by former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison to outlaw the tolling of existing federal Interstate highways, conveniently expired on October 1.

 

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