Tribpedia: Trans-texas Corridor

The Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) is a transportation network originally envisioned to be a 4,000-mile network of highways, rail and utility lines. The network was to be funded by private investors and built and expanded as demand warranted.

Gov. Rick Perry proposed the idea in 2002, according to TxDOT documents. The proposal relied heavily on public-private partnerships and toll roads because gasoline taxes haven't kept up with need for more roads. But in the years since it was originally proposed, the idea has withered under public outcry, particularly from farmers worried their land would be taken and from those suspicious of long-term private involvement in managing and money-making from state roads.

In 2009, TxDOT decided to phase out the all-in-one corridor concept in favor of developing separate rights-of-way for road, rail and other infrastructure using more traditional corridor widths.

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has focused on her opposition to the Trans-Texas Corridor during the 2010 gubernatorial primary campaign. Her position helped win her the endorsement of the Texas Farm Bureau.

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