It is bewildering that so many on the right, particularly normally fiscally prudent libertarians, continue to advocate for toll roads. In fact, some are even criticizing conservatives who oppose them. Terri Hall, founder of the group TURF (Texans United for Reform and Freedom), found herself under fire by a libertarian magazine in August. Reason’s Robert Poole wrote an article labeling Hall and those who oppose toll roads as “right-wing populists.” He was worried that Hall has been effective ginning up opposition to toll roads, both in her home state of Texas as well as influencing a prominent article that recently ran in The Weekly Standard.
Posted in News and Analysis, Private Property Rights, Taxation, Transportation
Tagged Blackland Tollway, Highway Trust Fund, P3s, pay-as-you-go, PPPs, public-private partnerships, Reason Magazine, Robert Poole, Terri Hall, Texans United for Reform and Freedom, toll roads, Trans-Texas Corridor
Hate to say it, but we told you so.
Posted in Sovereignty, Taxation, Transportation
Tagged Moody's Investors Service, NAFTA, P3s, Panama Canal expansion, pay-as-you-go, PPPs, public-private partnerships, San Antonio-based Zachry, San Diego South Bay Expressway, SH 130, Spain-based Cintra, Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom, Texas Department of Transportation, Texas legislature, Texas toll roads, TIFIA loans, Trans-Texas Corridor, TTC, TTC-35, TURF, TxDOT
Close on the heels of news that Interstate 69 (I-69) is underway in Texas, the Indiana Finance Authority and highway department (INDOT) has selected four private developers to submit proposals for a public-private partnership (P3) on segment 5 of I-69 from Bloomington to Martinsville. The final selection is expected this fall.
Posted in Immigration & Border Security, Sovereignty, Taxation, Trade & Economics, Transportation
Tagged availability payment model, Federal Highway Administration, globalization, Greenville Southern Connector, I-69, Indiana Department of Transportation, INDOT, ISTEA, Kelo, Mexico's Pacific ports, NAFTA, NAFTA Superhighway, North America Free Trade Agreement, P3s, Panama Canal, Pocahontas Parkway, PPPs, public-private partnerships, South Bay Expressway, toll road bankruptcies, toll roads