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February 29, 2012

Ask candidates for public office how they would pay for highways, trains and other transportation improvements

Candidates for about 15 legislative spots in the greater Fort Worth area will field questions about how to pay for highways, rail and other transportation improvements Thursday evening in downtown Fort Worth.

The Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition, a group of local officials from throughout the western side of North Texas, is hosting the forum 7-9 p.m. Thursday at Tarrant County College, Trinity River East Campus., 245 E. Belknap St.

The TRTC Candidates Forum will be in the TRHA Building, Room 1050 (auditorium).


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“We need to understand what candidates know and think about transportation and they need to know that we care about sustaining mobility and see transportation as a priority issue,” coalition executive director Vic Suhm said in an email.

Moderator will be Ben Loughry, Fort Worth Real Estate Council chairman. Candidates will be allowed to make a brief statement and then will take questions from attendees.

May 29 is now believed to be the most likely date for the Texas primary. The date has been a moving target in the federal court dispute over redistricting.

For more information, visit TRTCMobility.org

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Comments

Jackson Mekhoff

What you mean is that they will try to answer questions about how to get somebody else to pay for it. Those who want public transportation are always the least willing to sacrifice for it.

DaleH

Highway users are never willing to pay the actual cost of building and maintaining roads. They squeal like pigs at any attempt to cover the actual costs be it toll roads or gasoline tax increases.
The highway system is a massive money loser and an embodiment of socialism in its pureist form.

Anonymous

It is amazing that nearly every other state with much less population can build and maintain their roads without them being toll roads except for Texas.

Fixing TxDOT is what needs to take place. We need someone with leadership to restructure TxDOT, whic Perry isn't capable of doing.

Lisawhite

Pretty insightful post. Never thought that it was this simple after all. I had spent a good deal of my time looking for someone to explain this subject clearly and you’re the only one that ever did that. Kudos to you! Keep it up

cioex

Public transportation vs. Private transportation.
"The most effective transportation is a personal car."
In a personal car, you will:
Never experienced a shooting, rude, smelly passengers, waiting on-line, dirty seats, eating, gang intimidation, robbery, walking in inclement (foul) weather to/from destinations, crowding, get the idea?
Oh, public transportation is supported by the “makers” for the “takers.”

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