Welcome! Thank you for your interest that began with the proposed Hunt/Collin County 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,( that the toll road is not part of at this time). We are trying to gather information and public opinion regarding what this study may discover. NCTCOG is moving quickly to resolve their study to end speculation as soon as possible and 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!
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!
Read the article in The Herald Banner, Greenville, TX.
Here is a side-by-side view of the study areas. Click to see a larger view.
Interesting post by the North Texas Citizens Lobby. Read it!
The following is the content of an email sent to one of our concerned citizens regarding the progress of the feasibility study. The email was dated August 23, 2013. You can contact these folks anytime and ask any question you may have regarding the toll road. Please help us all stay informed by posting anything you learn. Thanks!
Thank you for your continued interest in the Blacklands Corridor feasibility study. We understand that the residents of the study area have a great sense of urgency about the project, so we are working to provide you with accurate information as quickly as possible.
In the last month, NCTCOG reviewed three proposals from consultants who wished to conduct the feasibility study, so we have not had any new information to share with the public since the July public meeting in Lavon. Yesterday, the NCTCOG Executive Board awarded the contract for the feasibility study to Halff and Associates, Inc. Now that the contract has been awarded, Halff and Associates, Inc. will begin the study at the start of September, which conforms to the timeline for the project that was presented at the July public meeting.
Also during this past month, NCTCOG staff have been reviewing public comments to determine how they will influence the study moving forward as well as developing a comprehensive communications plan to ensure that the public is informed and involved. Part of this plan entails sending a newsletter to the residents of the study area in September that will summarize the content of the July public meeting, introduce the consultant, and provide additional information about the study, including the date and location of the next meeting.
We will soon be able to provide you with more detailed updates in the newsletter and on the website, but please feel free to share this information with your neighbors. Your interest in the study is always appreciated, so please let me know if you have any additional questions or comments.
North Central Texas Council of Governments
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, Texas 76011
We ask everyone to read over all of the products that are included in this link.
7-25-2013 NCTCOG Lavon Meeting Products/link
Some of it is very dry, but it is the 2035 Mobility Plan and at this time nothing has been submitted or approved as a change,(such as the Blacklands toll road project). However some concepts that have been under consideration make sense to reduce congestion in the metroplex and are not going to change or impact quality of life in the rural areas,(e.g -the eastern loop toll road west of Rockwall-pg. 10 of 2035 Executive Summary).
Please add yourself to the notification list so NCTCOG will alert you to the next meeting and send you information about this issue.
The more familiar you are with how they are building the 2035 Mobility Plan and the transportation system it creates, the easier it will be to provide united feedback to NCTCOG if they determine any transportation issues in the Blacklands corridor and how we as a community want to solve them.
We are against any major new road project being built, especially the toll road project in the Blacklands Cooridor. By using key improvements to existing county roads and making sure any new roads are built where congestion is forecasted and where it will benefit the local community is our goal.
NCTCOG wants our feedback so use the link they have created and your County Precinct Commissioners to voice your views.
Click on the following link for the story: Transportation Study Starting.
Apparently the toll road project development by Public Werks is continuing in spite of/along side of the NCTCOG feasibility study.
Toll road feasibility study beginning.
Here is the lease that TTC/Publicwerks asked the Texas AG to keep out of the public record.It took until last Friday to get the lease made public.
Please note-NETEX had no issue releasing this lease back in January.
AG Letter with Enclosures & copy of lease
The content of this lease was a major reason that there was a 6-5 vote by the NETEX board at the approval meeting in January. Specific changes to the lease discussed in previous meetings that were supposed to be included, were not included in the version that passed. The 5 nay votes do not see this lease as being a good business deal to meet the funding requirements that NETEX requires.
Also, the possibility of a non compete clause is not clarified in this lease and could be required by investors.
Another recent issue is the new bill that was sponsored and introduced by Rep. Dan Flynn that became SB 1110 that now allows local governments to use sales and property taxes to fund toll roads opens the door as a funding tool for public money to be used to fund this toll road. While this hasn’t been suggested yet, the enthusiasm that Judge Horn has shown for this Blacklands Corridor toll road, I could see him looking for a reason to seek approval to gain access to the tools of this new law to fund this toll road ( and no doubt other projects).
Look over this lease with as much detail as possible and bring up your questions here in the blog and at the NTCOG and RTC meetings and demand answers to your questions.