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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!

Take the NCTCOG Growth and Improvement Survey today!

Everyone, please go to this link and take the survey which will drive the NCTCOG initial review of public opinion about adding rail, or a bike trail or even a new road project to the current 2035 Mobility Plan. The survey is weighted to get you to select some form of transportation improvement. If you don’t know the 2035 Mobility Plan, get the copy and read over the short presentation. Know what is planned so you are not sucked into solving a problem that doesn’t exist or has a programmed solution.

Simple solutions improving our current roads, like banning trucks in the left lane of I30 from Greenville to Garland and/or making the frontage roads one direction each, and those changes alone would reduce traffic that slows movement to and from Rockwall/Garland due to the causeway across the lake. Allowing HWY 66 to become a 4 lane would revitalize Caddo Mills and remove the impact I30 had on the city by bringing local traffic back to 66 from Rockwall to Greenville. Royce City is growing due to their part of 66 being improved, why not Hunt Co. towns and cities getting the same oppurtunity.Choose your selection carefully and remember his survey counts!

The survey is located on the right side of the webpage in a square showing a car and the question written in orange. There is another survey below it about how information is flowing from NCTCOG to you.

http://nctcog.org/trans/corridor/blacklands.asp

Also please write the NCTCOG an email stating your opinion on how the Blacklands Cooridor should be developed or not developed. Each of your emails will become part of the public record. However, it’s easier for the NCTCOG to see a survey results than read hundreds of emails, so make them do their due diligence and submit both.

This issue will be with us for our generation since Hunt Co. joined the Metroplex. We are looked at as flyover/drive thru land. People outside of our area don’t see our communities, only possible profits from our land. Don’t allow your future to be dictated by politicians. Be part of the solution and growth of our community.

NCTCOG makes decision end proposed Cottonbelt RoW Toll Road

The NETEX/Publicwerks Toll Road that was proposed to run from Greenville to HWY 78 and onwards to the GHWB Tollway is no longer being considered. The Cotton Belt RoW was deemed not suitable for the construction of a new roadway.

NCTCOG has a public meeting scheduled to brief the latest developments In Greenville and the North Texas area on the 20th of March. Please visit the NCTCOG website to get the latest information.

http://nctcog.org/trans/corridor/blacklands.asp

There are ongoing plans to amend the 2035 Mobility Plan.

http://northtexasteaparty.org

scroll down to the Far North Dallas Tea Party HD 102 Forum.

This plan to develop a passenger rail along this RoW is one of many proposed amendments to the current Mobility Plan. It is meeting with public resistance since it would be at considerable public subsidy with your tax dollars, so don’t stop paying attention to what our elected officials in the Metroplex are contemplating with our tax dollars.

I expect these proposals to be discussed at the meeting on the 30th of March.

Commissioner Jay Atkins supports Jerry Minter

I wanted to make everyone aware that current Hunt Co Commissioner for Precinct 2, Jay Atkins, is endorsing Jerry Minter for Hunt Co judge. Mr. Atkins has served the citizens of precinct 2 very well. He has been on our side regarding the toll road, and has not been ashamed to say so. He is very familiar with the goings on of the Hunt Co Commissioners court having served diligently for many years. His opinion is valued and welcomed. I hope you will join Jay, myself, and many others in support of Jerry Minter for Hunt Co judge. NOW GO VOTE!!

Voting information for Hunt Co can be found here.

ELECT JERRY MINTER Hunt County Judge

As you know, elections are just around the corner. I would like to take this opportunity to encourage you #1 to VOTE, and #2 please vote for Mr. Jerry Minter for Hunt Co. judge. I have spoken to Mr. Minter several times now. He is genuinely concerned about Hunt County. He has experience dealing with COG, is a long-time resident, and I believe he will be on the side of citizens when it comes to private property rights. Click here for an ad that will run in Sunday’s paper which outlines some of his platform issues. Pay close attention to what he says about transportation. The last item he mentions under “Transportation” involves passing a resolution that would prevent non-compete agreements from being enforced in Hunt County. This could go a long way in discouraging the development of any toll road in our area. The non-compete agreement that Public Werks was proposing along with the Blacklands Toll Road was a major sticking point for those opposing that road. It would have hampered improvements on existing roads and development of new roads in the county, and put the tax payers on the hook for revenues to the private toll operators in the event they didn’t see enough traffic on their road.

Believe it or not, YOUR VOTE COUNTS! Turnout will be key in this election. We can make a difference just by showing up. I encourage you to get out and VOTE for JERRY MINTER for Hunt County Judge.

Update from NCTCOG

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.

Sincerely,
Jahnae Stout
Communications Supervisor
North Central Texas Council of Governments
Transportation Department
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, Texas 76011
jstout@nctcog.org
817-608-2335 (phone)
817-640-3028 (fax)