Finally, a step-on-the-neck moment for the Trinity Tollroad

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My column in the March Advocate talks about how we’re going to be writing about city election issues leading up to the May council vote even though most of you simply don’t care. The main reason most of us don’t care much about city politics, in my opinion, is that we figure the people we keep sending Downtown don’t really care much about what we think.

Well, as it relates to the Trinity Tollroad, it looks like we finally can make a difference. (Full disclosure: I am a longtime “hater” on the Tollroad.)

The Morning News reports that the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) board chairman says if the Dallas city council doesn’t want the tollway, the board will probably kill it.

All along, the tollroad has been pitched to us as a regional transportation project; as a by-product, the city would be the beneficiary of what turned out to be a bunch of imaginary lakes and parkland. And for years, city attorneys have told us that we can’t get out of our commitment to build the tollroad because of a binding legal commitment to the NTTA the city signed in 1999.

So if the NTTA is lukewarm on the idea, and the city is lukewarm on the idea, all we have to do to finally kill this project once and for all is elect enough council members in May who agree the tollroad is a big waste of a billion or so of our tax dollars.

Think about that during the election season. If a billion dollars of our money doesn’t get your attention, what will?


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  • That’s a good point, Kirk. Interestingly, that’s the same thing I recall during the run-up to the last vote on the tollroad, and we all know how that vote ended up. Just prior to the last election, there was a huge media/direct mail blitz by tollroad supporters that probably turned some undecideds. I’m not saying that the 99% on the DMN website suddenly changed to 49%, though; I think people who air it out online just tend to be more strongly negative on issues than the population as a whole.

  • Kirk Stanley Jones

    It is always interesting to check out the comments after a Trinity tollroad article on the DMN website. It is not scientific and is completely anecdotal, but the comments against the tollroad are overwhelming. 99% against and maybe 0.4% for. The other people are undecided…