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Welcome! Thank you for your interest that began with the proposed Hunt/Collin County NETEX toll road. Your voices stopped the proposed toll road from being rammed into our community without regard to the community opinion. Right now the NCTCOG Blacklands Cooridor Feasibility Study is underway to see if there is a transportation need in this area to change/update the currently approved 2035 Mobility Plan,( in the Blacklands Corridor Study Area, a new tollway is being proposed- the Northeast Gateway Tollway). We are trying to gather information and public opinion regarding what this study may discover. We are also trying to show the NCTCOG that a tollroad is not wanted or needed. NCTCOG is moving quickly to resolve their study to end speculation as soon as possible and they need your input. Anything you can add would be appreciated.
This site is set up as a BLOG for general discussion with a few pages of information that will be updated as new information is available.
You may comment on any post by clicking “leave a reply” or “reply” and filling out the form. If you would like to start a new thread, you must register by clicking the “register” link toward the bottom of the right-hand column. If you would just like to get on the email list to receive periodic updates, please use the “contact us” form. You may also “contact us” with any questions you may have.

Let’s keep our quiet country life QUIET by being involved! Thank you!

If you plan to send out flyers or posters with this address or our Facebook page address, please coordinate with us first! We want to present one clear and accurate message when posting information and presenting the NCTCOG with the real opinion of the residents affected by their decisions.

Update: We NEED email addresses! We NEED you to contact your elected officials, but we need to organize. An organized group can speak much louder. Please fill out the “contact us” form. We have mailed physical letters to all the physical addresses we could find that are adjacent to the right-of-way, but this affects SO many others. So please pass the word to your neighbors!

Please contact your Special Utility District (SUD) or Municipal Utility District (MUD)

If you are a Special Utility District (SUD) or Municipal Utility District (MUD) customer, please start contacting them to voice your opposition to this toll road.
These districts can also pass resolutions opposing the toll road coming inside their territory.
This is especially important as it can protect people outside of city limits and ETJs.
Here is some contact information for a few:

East Fork SUD
Water Utility Company
1355 Troy Road
Wylie, Texas 75098
972-442-7572
M-F 8am-4pm

Caddo Basin SUD: webadmin@caddobasin.com or 903-527-3504
Cash SUD: 903-883-2695
Lavon SUD: lwsc@lavonsud.com or (972) 843-2101
Wylie Northeast SUD: cs@wylienortheastwater.com or (972) 442-2075
Copeville SUD: custserv@copevillewater.com or 972-853-4630

Comments from Terri Hall / Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom

About the RTC/NCTCOG plans and whether or not saying no to the toll road effects other planned improvements…

Short answer is ‘No.’

For those who may not know me or our work at TURF. We’ve been fighting toll roads all over Texas for a decade, starting with the Trans Texas Corridor. We’ve studied statutes, RTC plans, Transportation Commission Minute Orders, toll contracts, testified in the legislature for 4 sessions and worked to kill and pass hundreds of bills. You name it, we’ve studied it. I’ve debated think tanks nationally on this subject and the press uses me as a resource to explain to them the details of these plans/contracts. I’ve been called an expert by many.

Here’s why saying ‘no’ to the NE Gateway toll road won’t effect other improvements:

This confusion and concern by elected officials is fomented by bureaucrats like Michael Morris & TxDOT who manipulate our elected officials with threats. I’ve witnessed him and TxDOT do this for the last 10 years. Right now in San Antonio, TxDOT and our local transit board are threatening to yank funds from our highway if my senator keeps pushing for non-toll lanes. It’s called blackmail, folks. They do it quite openly. It’s why TxDOT and the RTC have so much power. They manipulate our politicians using fear and ignorance (since few of them know the rules, where the pots of money are, etc.). They know how desperate everyone is for road improvements, and everyone has to work with TxDOT at some point to get it done. They fear if they challenge TxDOT, they’ll face retribution (which they do try to do – but the law protects us against these intimidation tactics).

I could bury you with examples of what they do, but I want you to pass along to ANY of your elected officials this message: we got the law changed to ensure road funds DO NOT get yanked if a region decides against toll roads. Chairman Joe Pickett helped us do it between 2009-2011 for this very reason. He sat on his local MPO board (it’s the equivalent of your RTC) and got tired of TxDOT bullying everyone into toll roads by threatening to yank their funding for other projects.

The New TxDOT rule change (which is administrative law) took effect Jan 1, 2011 and can be found in this section:
Limits on the commission’s ability to allocate funds based on a region’s participation in toll projects – §16.156 (Texas Administrative Code Chapter 16, Subchapter D can be found here:
http://info.sos.state.tx.us/pls/pub/readtac$ext.ViewTAC?tac_view=5&ti=43&pt=1&ch=16&sch=D&rl=Y

(a) Toll project conditions. Neither the commission nor the department may require that a toll project be included in a region’s transportation plan or program as a condition for the allocation of funds for the construction of projects in the region.

(b) Limitations on allocation decrease. Neither the commission nor the department may:

(1) revise a formula as provided in the unified transportation program under §16.105 of this chapter (relating to Unified Transportation Program (UTP)), or a successor program, in a manner that results in a decrease of an allocation to a district or metropolitan planning organization (MPO) because of:

(A) the failure of a region to include toll projects in a region’s transportation plan or program;

(2) take any other action that would reduce funding allocated to a district or MPO without the prior consent of the MPO because of:

(A) the failure of a region to include toll projects in a region’s transportation plan or program;

Source Note: The provisions of this §16.156 adopted to be effective January 1, 2011, 35 TexReg 8388

Bottom line is this: DO NOT back down, keep pushing. The fact that they’re already being threatened means you’re being effective and very soon will prevail in stopping this unwanted toll road by keeping it out of the RTC plan. It is absolutely true that the road cannot move forward unless it’s in an RTC/MPO plan. The one elected official who said they may word it to be all squishy and leave open the possibility of the road (being added) in the future, but don’t let that happen. If the need arises later, (they’ll) work to get it in the plan at a later date. Because as long as it’s in the RTC’s plan, it will happen, trust me. Plus, y’all need to know, since Perry is on his way out and we’ll have a new Governor soon (who’s campaigning on not increasing toll roads) and two new transportation commissioners come February, help is on the way. Do not allow these threats to make your elected officials get wobbly on us.

– Terri
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Terri Hall
Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom
http://www.texasturf.org

Area News articles on the NCTCOG proposed tollroad

There were 5 total NCTCOG public feedback meetings held over the last 13 months. There was not a single one that had any public support for any type of tollroad in the Blacklands Corridor. I challange everyone to look up the public records of all 5 meetings and read the feedback spoken and written in by letters or email.
These articles below aren’t cherry picked to support a point of view, they reflect what the people want. We all expect the NCTCOG and our elected representatives to support the people and not force another tollroad on the citizens of Texas. That’s what representatives do, they find a solution from the people, for the people, not their own echo chamber.

“About 1,300 people attended a Sept. 22 public meeting in Rockwall hosted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Division. Almost all of those in attendance expressed opposition to a proposed toll road connecting Greenville with far northeast Dallas County.”
http://ketr.org/post/meeting-attendees-reject-northeast-gateway-toll-road

“It seems likely, though, that the NCTCOG has found both a need for the tollway and has agreed to let the Texas Turnpike Corp. be the one to build it. At a joint NCTCOG/Texas Turnpike meeting Monday, Morris and other agency staffers announced that they had finished their long-awaited study into the toll proposal, which they lumped in with a general study about the entire area they identified as the Blacklands Corridor. They presented their results in a packet of PowerPoint slides and said that Monday’s meeting would be the final government meeting on the topic.”
http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2014/09/texas_turnpike_blackland_toll.php

“The survey of more than 5,000 Texans was conducted by the Texas A&M Transportation Institute in May to study how Texans get around and their views on transportation funding. Building more toll roads was, by far, the least supported strategy,” the report states. “The lack of support held true in both metropolitan areas and rural areas, as well as areas with and without toll roads.”
http://www.texastribune.org/2014/09/25/poll-few-texans-use-public-transportation-main-mod/

WFAA Channel 8 Editorial Comments about proposed Tollroad

Please watch this editorial.
Obviously with the citizens of Collin Co. being affected by the NCTCOG proposed toll road project, more media attention is being brought to bear to explain what is going on. We challange more media outlets to get involved so you can vote knowing what issues face Texas now and into the future.
It is about time the DFW TV media is finally discussing how in Texas your private land is yours until “progress” says its not, and you have very little to no recourse once the decision is made.
While it may not be in your backyard today, you should be very aware that in Texas you have the fewest rights in the nation that protect your private property from being taken in the name of “progress”. It’s sad when a “Progressive State” like California ensures that it’s citizens have more private property rights than a Texan.

http://www.wfaa.com/videos/opinion/2014/09/26/15055022/

Varied traffic estimates cast doubts about Garland-Greenville toll road

“The North Central Texas Council of Governments is using its higher traffic predictions to justify the need for a rural toll road from Garland to Greenville.
Some of the predictions by NCTCOG are hundreds of percentage points are higher than the Texas Department of Transportation’s forecasts. NCTCOG’s estimates for traffic also dramatically outpace the state’s projected population growth for the four counties the Northeast Gateway would predominantly serve.
NCTCOG senior program manager Dan Lamers said his agency’s forecasting is more sophisticated than the methods TxDOT uses. He said it looks more at intra-regional driving patterns while the state focuses on travel between big cities because it has to cover the entire state.”

http://www.dallasnews.com/news/transportation/20140926-varied-traffic-estimates-cast-doubts-about-garland-greenville-toll-roads-need.ece

State Invites More Toll Roads Amid Signs of Resistance

http://www.texastribune.org/2014/09/19/texas-leaders-say-more-toll-roads-way/

Does your representative at the local level and in Austin know how you feel about more toll roads?
Have they explained their position to you? Do you agree with them?
Contact all of your representatives, local, county and the NCTCOG and your State representatives that do support this policy and ask them to explain spefically why they support more toll roads. Then vote accordingly when they are up for re election.
You, the educated voter has the power to change the way you are governed. Make sure who you elect represents your views.

NCTCOG- Hey it’s not a problem of messaging, you aren’t listening to the hundreds/thousands of citizens that don’t want this tollway

You NEED to watch this video of the 9/11/14 Regional Transportation Council regular monthly meeting.
Select ITEM 10-skip to the 7 minute mark, and listen carefully to everything that is said from that point forward. Here is the link:
http://nctcog.swagit.com/play/09112014-584
These politicians discuss what happened when 600-800+ people that attended the 9/4/14 meeting very upset having only recently being informed that their private property will have a toll road built on it or nearby, is maybe because we aren’t getting their perfectly planned message well, or possibly people are very upset and against the entire project!
The debate between the two people there is comical if it were not that after 4 meetings where hundreds have attended, not at any of the previous 4 meetings has a toll road proposal been publicly accepted or desired. They even recognize 600-800 people don’t show up to public meetings because they are happy with what’s going on!
Why they believe that at the 5th, and final required RTC public feedback meeting to an entirely new population now affected by an unwanted tollroad, would accept it.
Regardless, the RTC are boldly moving along as if the hundreds/thousands of people that are and have been showing up at the NCTCOG meetings are somehow for this toll way or the RTC could care less what we want. It’s even pointed out to the RTC members to be silent about the proposed tollway when asked by the public until after the 22d meeting,so to me and others it seems that the council is just checking the box with the “process” and not taking in the public input, they want to get that miracle 75,000+ cars and trucks to not use I30 or HWY 66 or HWY 380 but use the tollway.
Please listen for yourselves as the Blacklands/Northeast Gateway Project is presented as an “information item” with the intent to add it to the 2035 Mobility Plan – 2014 Amendment at the next RTC monthly meeting on October 9, 2014. Seems from this meeting, they are committed to this tollway and I’d bet they are more than ready to use your tax dollars to entice private investors (P3/CDA agreement yet again!).
Please attend the 9/22/14 NCTCOG Public Feedback meeting and tell them to listen-No Toll Road! Period!! No more P3’s/CDA’s!

Rescheduled Blacklands Corridor/Northeast Gateway tollway NCTCOG Meeting 9/22/14 6:30pm

We just received this from NCTCOG.
The meeting to replace the meeting that was canceled in Lavon on 9/4/14 will be held at:

Monday, Sept. 22
6:30 pm
Rockwall Performing Arts Center
1201 T.L. Townsend Drive
Rockwall, Texas 75087

Note- everyone will be provided the opportunity to speak and/or leave written comments after the presentations by NCTCOG and TTC. There is no plan to prevent public feedback, it’s actually encouraged so have your statements prepared so you can use your time allotted to get all of your comments presented.

NCTCOG be posting to their social media now, and again, NCTCOG will send out formal notices by mail/e-mail starting tomorrow, but they wanted to get it out as soon as it was confirmed so the information gets out accurately.