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  • As China Deploys Nuclear Submarines, U.S. P-8 Poseidon Jets Snoop on Them

    10/24/2014 8:23:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Oct. 24, 2014 | JEREMY PAGE
    OKINAWA, Japan—Swooping down to 500 feet over the western Pacific, Cmdr. Bill Pennington pilots his U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft toward an unidentified vessel off southern Japan. In the back of the plane, a heavily modified Boeing 737, the crew homes in on the vessel using a barrage of surveillance equipment, including radar, GPS and infrared cameras. Further down the fuselage stand rows of tube-shaped sonar buoys that the crew can catapult into the sea and that float for up to eight hours as they track objects underwater. This is a dummy run: Today’s target is a Singaporean container...
  • CVS Caremark plans to stop tobacco products sales

    02/05/2014 5:01:07 AM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 190 replies
    CVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide as it focuses more on providing health care. The nation's second-largest drugstore chain said Wednesday that it will phase out cigarettes, cigars and chewing tobacco by Oct. 1, a move that will cost about $2 billion in annual revenue but won't affect its 2014 earnings forecast. CVS Caremark leaders say removing tobacco will help them grow the company's business of working with doctors, hospitals and other care providers to improve customers' health.
  • LAAD Defence and Security 2013: US mulls P-3 MPA sale to Vietnam

    04/14/2013 10:59:22 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 11 replies
    IHS Janes ^ | 4/12/2013 | Gareth Jennings
    LAAD Defence and Security 2013: US mulls P-3 MPA sale to Vietnam By Gareth Jennings 4/12/2013 The Socialist Republic of Vietnam is expected to request from the US government the sale of Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft (MPA), a senior company official told IHS Jane's on 10 April. Speaking at the LAAD Defence and Security 2013 exhibition in Rio de Janeiro, Clay Fearnow, director maritime patrol programmes, said the Vietnamese Navy was keen to buy up to six surplus P-3s to help patrol the country's nearly 3,500 km coastline and 1,396,299 km2 Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). "The Vietnamese...
  • After nearly a half-century, Maryland House to close its doors

    09/11/2012 12:01:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | September 8, 2012 | Candy Thomson
    At one minute past midnight on Sept. 16, a state landmark known by millions of motorists will go dark. Employees will say their goodbyes before the doors and off-ramps are barricaded at Maryland House, the Interstate 95 travel plaza in Harford County that opened in 1963. Within weeks, wrecking crews will level the neo-Georgian brick structure to make way for a new building, the flagship of an ambitious public-private partnership valued at a half-billion dollars. The same night, the smaller Chesapeake House in Cecil County will change as new vendors replace old ones. In a year, it too will come...
  • VP-1 Assists in Taiwanese Fishing Vessel Rescue

    04/23/2012 7:34:45 PM PDT · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 8 replies
    Navy.mil ^ | 4/21/2012 | Commander, U.S. 7th Fleet Public Affairs
    USS BLUE RIDGE, At Sea (NNS) -- A P-3 Orion from Patrol Squadron (VP) 1, in conjunction with the U.S. Coast Guard's District 14, assisted in the rescue of 10 Taiwanese fishermen April 21, 700 miles off the west coast of Guam. At approximately 4:30 p.m., local time, Coast Guard Sector Guam received an initial alert from an Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon from the Hsin Man Chun, the 70-foot Taiwanese fishing vessel. After a request for assistance from the Coast Guard, VP-1's P-3 located 10 crew members from the fishing vessel that was reported to be on fire. VP-1...
  • Company challenges award of travel plaza contract

    02/01/2012 2:04:00 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | January 31, 2012 | Candus Thomson
    The multimillion-dollar contract to turn Maryland's travel plazas on Interstate 95 over to an out-of-state company is being challenged by a Bethesda-based firm that says the bidding process favored the eventual winner. HMSHost has filed a protest with the Maryland Transportation Authority, saying that bid specifications to replace the Maryland House and Chesapeake House were too vague and that Areas USA, a Florida company, was the only bidder allowed to sweeten its offer. "This is like a kick in the gut and we're trying to get our breath back," said Michael Jones, the HMSHost vice president who put the bid...
  • Two I-95 travel plazas to be rebuilt in revenue-sharing plan

    01/23/2012 8:41:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | January 23, 2012 | Candus Thomson
    Maryland has taken the first step toward replacing its two travel plazas on Interstate 95 north of Baltimore with expansive, airy welcome centers filled with amenities and operated by a company with years of experience serving travelers. The two-year, $56 million project to rebuild Maryland House and Chesapeake House as a public-private partnership with Areas USA was approved Monday by the Maryland Transportation Authority board. The deal requires the approval of the Board of Public Works next month and review by the General Assembly. The state would retain ownership and oversight of the plazas, while Areas USA would operate and...
  • Pakistan has now lost two of its three Orion aircraft

    05/22/2011 9:25:47 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 29 replies
    The News, Pakistan ^ | May 23, 2011 | Sabir Shah
    Pakistan has now lost two of its three Orion aircraft Sabir Shah Monday, May 23, 2011 LAHORE: Of just the three P-3 series Orion anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft that Pakistan had acquired from the United States in 1996, two have now been lost. According to the website of the Pakistan Navy, one of these planes (bearing serial number 83) was lost due to an accident while carrying out routine exercises over the coastal waters of Pasni (Balochistan) on October 29, 1999. This was one of the 46 Pakistani aircraft that had crashed between 1996 and 2000, and one of...
  • P-3 Subhunters Using ASW Gear to Find Narco-Subs?

    01/17/2011 12:13:44 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 1 replies
    Defense Tech ^ | 1/14/2011 | Defense Tech
    Remember about a couple of years ago when news of drug smugglers using so called “semi-submersibles” was all the rage? Those craft can almost completely submerge themselves to evade interception. Still, the vessels don’t go all the way underwater and can be spotted from ships or aircraft and have been intercepted a number of times. Since then, the high seas cat-and-mouse game between governments and drug smugglers has become more intense now that the cartels have built actual submarines. It sounds like these vessels are capable of staying underwater long enough to warrant the use of P-3 subhunters to find...
  • U.S. Navy Upgrades P-3C Orion Aircraft

    01/16/2011 11:36:30 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 1/14/2011 | Michael Fabey
    The U.S. Navy took delivery in January of 10 newly configured P-3C Orions installed with an upgraded acoustic system — the Acoustic Receiver Technology Refresh (ARTR) — that enhances the aircraft’s ability tenfold to receive and analyze sonobuoy data, a basic P-3C mission requirement. The upgrades will help bridge the technology gap between the Orion and the service’s next generation maritime patrol and anti-sub warfare (ASW) aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, creating a more common and efficient fleet. The Navy also is establishing common signal processing code and hardware for the two fleets. The acoustic technology upgrades are vital for the...
  • New Taiwan anti-sub aircraft in service next year: report

    12/26/2010 9:03:17 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies · 3+ views
    AFP via Brahmand News ^ | 12/27/2010 | AFP via Brahmand News
    The first of a dozen anti-submarine aircraft are set to go into service in Taiwan next year, local media reported Sunday, as East Asian governments look to counter an increasingly assertive China. Washington agreed in 2007 to sell the refurbished P-3C Orion patrol aircraft, along with three non-operational machines for spares, and "the first ones will be delivered beginning next year," the Taipei-based China Times said. "The surveillance range of Taiwan's anti-submarine fleet will expand tenfold after the P-3Cs join the navy," it quoted an unnamed military source as saying. Taiwan's navy declined to comment on the report. The P-3C...
  • Singapore interested in ex-US Navy P-3s

    12/16/2010 9:07:50 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Flight Global ^ | 12/15/2010 | Craig Hoyle
    Singapore has shown an interest in possibly acquiring several of the US Navy's surplus P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft, according to the type's former manufacturer, Lockheed Martin. "They have issued a letter of request to look at P-3s," says Mark Jarvis, Lockheed's director, design and production for P-3 programmes. Singapore's interest could be for around four or five aircraft, he believes, with these to perhaps draw on the configuration of the 12 secondhand Orions due to be delivered to Taiwan from 2012. Singapore - which currently operates five Fokker 50 maritime patrol aircraft - could potentially acquire surplus Orions as...
  • Brazilian Minister Views first P-3 Orion Modernised by Airbus Military

    12/07/2010 1:35:38 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 2 replies
    Defense Talk ^ | 12/7/2010 | Defense Talk
    The first P-3 Orion aircraft modified by Airbus Military for the Brazilian Air Force was inspected today by Brazilian Minister of Defence, Nelson Jobim, during his official visit to Spain. The aircraft is the first of a fleet of nine which will undergo a complete systems modernization programme, including the installation of Airbus Military´s Fully Integrated Tactical System (FITS). As well as FITS, the aircraft will benefit from a powerful new suite of mission sensors, communications systems, and upgraded cockpit avionics. The engines are being updated and, depending on the condition of each individual aircraft, the structures are being renovated...
  • Can nothing kill the P-3C Orion?

    11/10/2010 7:17:02 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    Flight Global ^ | November 10, 2010 | Stephen Trimble
    Can nothing kill the P-3C Orion? By Stephen Trimble on November 10, 2010 I am reporting in next week's magazine that a subset of the P-3C Orion fleet will outlive its planned retirement by the Boeing 737-based P-8A Poseidon. I'll post the link to the article here when it's available. I consider the story a testament to the P-3C's record of freakish survival skills. Adapted from the doomed, 1950s-era Lockheed L-188 Electra airliner, the Orion first survived its predecessor's untimely demise in the regional airliner market. It should have been replaced by the Lockheed P-7 in the early 1990s, but...
  • USN to keep P-3Cs flying beyond 2019

    11/05/2010 11:57:29 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 12 replies
    Australia Defense ^ | 11/5/2010 | Australia Defense
    The Navy had been planning on phasing out all P-3s by 2019 to make way for the follow-on P-8A Poseidon, scheduled to begin joining the fleet in 2013. However, the P-3C program office announced at Lockheed’s annual P-3 international operators support conference in Marietta, GA, that the Navy intends to fly special mission P-3Cs beyond that because there is no replacement for them since EPX was cancelled earlier this year, Ray Burick, Lockheed’s vice-president for the P-3C program, told Inside the Navy on October 28. “They anticipate flying a handful of airplanes, about 40 planes, specifically special mission airplanes...well beyond...
  • Lockheed delivers upgraded P-3

    07/15/2010 2:33:28 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 11 replies · 1+ views
    UPI ^ | 7/14/2010 | UPI
    U.S. Customs and Border Protection has received from Lockheed Martin its first mid-life upgrade P-3 Orion patrol aircraft, the company announced. The upgrade replaced the patrol craft's outer wings, center wing lower surface and horizontal stabilizer with new production components. "We are excited about our partnership with Customs and Border Protection," said Ray Burick, Lockheed Martin P-3 Programs vice president, "and we are committed to providing them with modernization enhancements to sustain the P-3 for decades to come. The MLU integrates well with our 10-year site and depot P-3 Fleet Maintenance Program, now under way with CBP." Lockheed Martin said...
  • Brazil's outreach to Iran ignores brutal repression

    05/16/2010 3:14:03 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies · 336+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Saturday, May 15, 2010
    LAST SUNDAY, Iran hanged five Kurdish dissidents, including a 28-year-old woman, who said they had been tortured into confessing to charges of terrorism. On Monday it announced that the Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, who covered last year's fraudulent presidential election for Newsweek, had been sentenced in absentia to 74 lashes and 13 years in prison. This is probably just the beginning of a brutal wave of repression aimed at preventing the opposition Green Movement from rallying as next month's anniversary of the election approaches. But on Saturday, Brazilian President Luiz Ignacio Lula da Silva will arrive in Tehran in yet...
  • Arlington toll lanes lawsuit will go forward

    04/22/2010 10:54:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 320+ views
    WTOP ^ | April 22, 2010 | Justin Karp
    ARLINGTON, Va. - A lawsuit which could delay the Virginia HOT lanes project will go forward, a U.S. District Court ruled Thursday. The suit, filed by the Arlington County Board, says the high occupancy toll lanes planned for a stretch of Interstate 95/395 are intended to benefit mainly rich, white, suburban and rural residents of Stafford and Spotsylvania counties. The new toll road is planned to run between Spotsylvania County and the D.C. line. Arlington says the added traffic would come at the expense of the county's diverse urban population and constitute a violation of civil rights. "We'll find out...
  • S Korea navy to deploy P-3CK aircraft from US

    02/22/2010 7:02:29 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 8 replies · 397+ views
    Brahmand.com ^ | 2/23/2010 | Brahmand.com
    South Korea's navy will deploy eight more advanced maritime patrol aircraft this year to guard against any military threats from North Korea or elsewhere, the navy said on Monday. The first of eight refurbished P-3CK aircraft from the United States will be delivered to a naval unit on Tuesday, a navy statement said. The countries' disputed Yellow Sea border has been tense since a firefight last November left a North Korean patrol boat in flames. In late January the North fired some 370 shells into the sea near the borderline. Last week it announced new naval firing zones off its...
  • Chavez says Venezuela jets intercepted U.S. plane

    01/08/2010 11:43:07 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 17 replies · 1,009+ views
    Reuters ^ | 01/09/10
    Chavez says Venezuela jets intercepted U.S. plane CARACAS (Reuters) - President Hugo Chavez said he ordered two F-16 jets to intercept a U.S. military plane that twice entered Venezuelan skies on Friday, but Washington said none of its planes flew over the South American country's airspace. Brandishing a photo of the plane, which he described as a P-3, Chavez said the overflight was the latest violation of Venezuelan airspace by the U.S. military from its bases on the Netherlands' Caribbean islands and from neighboring Colombia. "They are provoking us ... these are warplanes," he said. Chavez said the F-16s escorted...
  • Pr. William declines to join [race-baiting] anti-HOT lanes lawsuit

    10/08/2009 8:20:29 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 930+ views
    The Washington Business Journal ^ | October 7, 2009 | Sarah Krouse
    Prince William County decided not to join Arlington County in its lawsuit against high-occupancy toll lanes on Interstates 95 and 395, citing what it characterizes as race-baiting and class warfare in the suit. The county considered joining the suit because it shared concerns about the HOT lanes’ proceeding without a proper environmental study and their effect on traffic, but Board Chairman Corey Stewart, R-At large, said the board unanimously agreed Arlington’s suit raised too many concerns. “The board had a closer look at the suit and there are allegations in there about Pierce Homer, the secretary of transportation, and about...
  • State pulling final plug on [Trans-Texas] corridor

    10/06/2009 4:39:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 112 replies · 3,250+ views
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | October 6, 2009 | Associated Press
    The Texas Department of Transportation is pulling the last plug on the Trans-Texas Corridor, Gov. Rick Perry's embattled plan to build a toll-road network across the state. The agency said earlier this year it was scaling down the project and dropping the name "Trans-Texas Corridor." Now, transportation officials say it's fully dead. Transportation Commissioner Bill Meadows told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram of the decision in a report posted online Tuesday. The news comes a day after Perry's Republican primary opponent, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, secured the coveted endorsement of the powerful Texas Farm Bureau — a vocal opponent of the...
  • U.S. plane crashes in Afghanistan

    10/21/2008 8:12:48 AM PDT · by My hearts in London - Everett · 12 replies · 1,372+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 21, 2008 | Jonathon Burch
    A U.S. navy patrol plane was destroyed Tuesday when it overshot the runway while landing at a base north of the Afghan capital, but none of the crew was seriously hurt, the U.S. military said.
  • Elevated transport rail imagined for city

    08/31/2008 6:03:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies · 392+ views
    Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Northwest Arkansas Edition ^ | August 31, 2008 | Brandy S. Chewning (Texarkana Gazette)
    TEXARKANA — The company selected to design Interstate 69 has revealed plans to also implement the world’s first air rail freight system in the corridor, possibly starting in Texarkana, Texas. “You [Texarkana ] have railroads here, you already have an interstate, bringing I-69 is another interstate, you’ve got Oklahoma, you’ve got I-49,” said Gary Kuhn, senior project manager for Zachary American Infrastructure. “This is what the logistics world likes to see — that opportunity to go from one mode to another very efficiently.” In a presentation to the Wilbur Smith Rotary Club, Kuhn said the freight shuttle is a new...
  • Gov. Schwarzenegger Throws Support Behind High-Speed Rail

    07/09/2008 6:43:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies · 965+ views
    NBC11 ^ | 7/9/08
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has placed his support behind a costly high-speed rail system in California. Schwarzenegger told NBC11 he wants California to lead the way in transporting commuters across the state at near-record speeds while reducing global warming at the same time. Critics have said the state's proposed high-speed rail system is too costly and too good to be true, NBC11's Mike Luery reported. On the very spot where the Transcontinental Railroad was established nearly 140 years ago, Schwarzenegger told Luery that a less-than-three-hour trip from San Francisco to Los Angeles represents the type of progress that...
  • Feds must green-light changes in I-69 route plan

    06/12/2008 6:19:43 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 233+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | June 12, 2008 | Rad Sallee
    State highway officials said Wednesday that the first step in carrying out their decision to build a controversial toll road along the present U.S. 59, and not through farm and ranch land, is to get federal approval. Although no federal funding has been sought for the Interstate 69/Trans-Texas Corridor, the Texas Department of Transportation is bound by federal environmental law. The project has generated thick volumes about its likely impact on the natural environment and the communities in its path. The Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) is expected to undergo public review late this year and then get sent to...
  • Earth Tech wins contract to support Texas highway project (TTC)

    05/17/2008 3:46:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 253+ views
    Construction and Maintenance News (Belarus) ^ | May 16, 2008 | Construction and Maintenance News
    Earth Tech Inc. has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to provide environmental services to Central Texas Highway Constructors, LLC (CTxHC). Earth Tech, the lead planning and engineering firm for Cintra Zachry, LP on the Trans-Texas Corridor 35 (TTC-35) project, was approved by CTxHC for environmental work on Segments 5 and 6 of the SH 130 highway project. The SH 130 project is the first facility to be developed under the TTC-35 Comprehensive Development Agreement. An integral part of the preparation for highway construction, the project includes site assessments, hazardous materials clean-ups, remediation, and other environmental services. A private-public partnership,...
  • Texas: Gas Tax Dollars Spent to Build Park

    04/16/2008 5:26:27 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies · 1,239+ views
    theNewspaper.com ^ | April 15, 2008 | theNewspaper.com
    Texas Department of Transportation that claims it has no money for roads uses $20 million in gas tax funds to build a park. Woodall Rodgers ParkThe Woodall Rodgers Park Foundation announced yesterday that the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) would hand over $20 million in gas tax funds to help build a 5.2 acre park near downtown Dallas. The $67 million park is intended to serve as a model public-private partnership with a restaurant, a children's playground and a dog park. It will have no roads. "The park... will connect Uptown, Downtown and the Arts District, and is expected to...
  • Private tollway?

    04/08/2008 10:07:25 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies · 252+ views
    The Midwest City Sun ^ | April 7, 2008 | Eric Bradshaw
    Several Oklahoma legislators are concerned that individuals and organizations are quietly working on plans to create a privately-operated tollway in Oklahoma. Many referred to Spain-based Cintra, which has been involved in the development of a proposed Trans-Texas Corridor. Cintra also took over the operation of the Indiana East-West Toll Road from the Indiana Department of Transportation in 2006. Oklahoma State Sen. Randy Brogdon and state representatives Eric Proctor, Richard Morrisette, Scott Inman and Charles Key all expressed concern that efforts to open up Oklahoma to a privately operated tollway system were being kept out of the view of the general...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor foes march on Capitol

    04/06/2008 1:02:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies · 647+ views
    Austin American-Statesman ^ | April 6, 2008 | Patrick George
    For Peyton Gilbert, the battle over the Trans-Texas Corridor is reminiscent of the moment in 1836 when Lt. Col. William Travis drew a line in the sand at the Alamo and invited those willing to fight thousands of Mexican soldiers to step across. "That line in the sand is the Trans-Texas Corridor, and it's a threat to our sovereignty again, just like at the Alamo," said Gilbert, 14, who is from Whitehouse, near Tyler. Gilbert was among a large crowd of people who marched down Congress Avenue to the Capitol on Saturday afternoon to demonstrate against the proposed highway-rail-utility corridor...
  • Gas tax won’t save I-35 project; raising excise tax wouldn’t be a popular move today

    04/04/2008 7:30:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies · 364+ views
    The Temple Daily Telegram ^ | April 4, 2008 | Paul A. Romer
    BELTON - There appears to be no easy way to address the challenges that inflation has brought to the Texas Department of Transportation. “We’ve seen 60 percent inflation over the last five years for transportation projects,” said Chris Lippincott, a TxDOT spokesman. To look to the federal government for assistance would appear foolhardy at this point as the Federal Highway Trust Fund is expected to become insolvent by 2009. The fund was created in 1956 to ensure a dependable source of financing for U.S. interstates and highways. “The Federal Highway Trust Fund is expected to go into the red very...
  • Corridor comment period extended to April 18

    04/02/2008 6:15:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies · 150+ views
    The Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | April 1, 2008 | Stephen Palkot
    Thanks to an extended comment deadline, almost three weeks remain for people to let their feelings be known about the Trans-Texas Corridor. The most recent study of the proposal, which includes a stretch in Fort Bend County, must be approved by the federal government for the Texas Department of Transportation to proceed with planning and, eventually, construction. TxDOT and the Federal Highway Administration have extended their formal comment period through April 18. During this time, individuals are encouraged to submit written comments on either the project itself or what is called the Draft Environmental Impact Study (DEIS), which is a...
  • McReynolds to TxDOT: 'Drop I-69/TTC absurdity'

    03/26/2008 5:37:17 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 671+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 25, 2008 | Gary Willmon
    State Rep. Jim McReynolds has sent a letter to the Texas Department of Transportation saying he thinks TxDOT should drop the idea of tying the Trans-Texas Corridor in with plans for routing Interstate 69 through East Texas. McReynolds says tremendous negative outcry from his constituents and other East Texas residents has made it clear to him no one wants infrastructure that massive and disruptive to the quality of life to be built, taking big swaths out of the Pineywoods countryside. "Within the past several weeks, I have personally attended every TxDOT hearing held in my district regarding this proposed corridor,"...
  • Cintra/Zachry complete legal work on $1,360m financial close with TxDOT on SH130 5&6

    03/19/2008 6:20:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 949+ views
    TOLLROADSnews ^ | March 10, 2008 | TOLLROADSnews
    SH 130 Concession Company LLC finalized the legal details of a financial close with Texas DOT on a $1,360m toll concession to build SH130 segments 5&6 Thursday and Friday last week in bankers' offices in New York City - at Orrick, 666 Fifth Avenue. The actual money flows should occur on Thursday or Friday (Mar 13 or 14) this week, Jose Maria Lopez de Fuentes, president of Cintra North America, told us this morning. Hundreds of documents and over 20 lawyers were involved last week representing TxDOT, private equity people, banks, mostly European, the TIFIA loan group from FHWA, and...
  • Anti-corridor groups plan Monday workshop at civic center

    03/16/2008 3:04:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies · 1,437+ views
    The Lufkin Daily News ^ | March 16, 2008 | Steven Alford
    There's been a lot of talk about the new Trans-Texas Corridor — the next-generation "super-highway" — and opinions are varying. Now the debate is coming to Lufkin's doorstep. On Monday, the American Land Foundation, Stewards of the Range and TURF will hold a workshop at Lufkin's Pitser Garrison Civic Center on how to stop the Trans-Texas Corridor 69. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. A portion of Texas citizens have voiced their opposition to the TTC-69 in public meetings held by the Texas Department of Transportation, but believing they are not being heard, four cities and their...
  • Deadline looms for ‘corridor’ comments

    03/15/2008 4:08:19 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies · 410+ views
    The Brenham Banner-Press ^ | March 15, 2008 | Alan Nieschwietz
    Time is almost up for Texas residents who wish to submit a comment on the proposed Trans Texas Corridor, which must be received by the Texas Department of Transportation by Wednesday. Submissions of comments would have to be made either by mail or online at this point, and can be sent to I-69/TTC, P.O. Box 14428, Austin, TX 78761, or go to keeptexasmoving.com, then click on “question or comment” on the left side of the screen. Previously, throughout February and March, TxDOT held 47 well-attended hearings at which oral comments from the public were taken into account. The TTC has...
  • Spanish firm using loan from U.S. to build segments of Texas toll road

    03/14/2008 4:23:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 860+ views
    Land Line Magazine ^ | March 13, 2008 | David Tanner
    Officials with the Spanish toll road operator Cintra have announced that the company has secured $430 million in loans from the U.S. government to build and operate two segments of a toll road in central Texas. Cintra officials announced the company’s financial plan for the $1.36 billion Highway 130 segments on Monday, March 10. OOIDA Senior Government Affairs Representative Mike Joyce told Land Line that the Association does raise red flags when federal dollars are used to subsidize private investors. Officials with the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association are not, however, categorically opposed to a state using future toll revenue to...
  • McReynolds talks TxDOT at First Friday luncheon

    03/11/2008 1:24:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies · 407+ views
    Diboll Free Press ^ | March 12, 2008 | Jerry Gaulding
    Senior executives of the Texas Department of Transportation can expect some heavy grilling from state legislators when the state Legislature convenes next January, state Rep. Jim McReynolds said Friday. Speaking to the monthly First Friday luncheon of The Chamber, Lufkin-Angelina County, McReynolds said many legislators, especially those from rural East Texas, are unhappy with TxDOT leaders over the Trans- Texas Corridor project and how it has incorporated plans for an Interstate 69 through the region. McReynolds said he attended all four of the TxDOT hearings on the TTC held in his district, which included one in Diboll, and "never heard...
  • Trans-Texas Corridor

    03/09/2008 1:08:26 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies · 1,328+ views
    Nolan Chart ^ | March 8, 2008 | Adam Rink
    Topic: Globalism The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is planning on building a new super highway system called the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC). The Trans-Texas Corridor will not be just another interstate and will it will be used by more than just automobiles. It will include 10 lanes for traffic, two high speed rail tracks, four standard rail tracks, utility lines, oil pipelines, and gas pipelines. The Trans-Texas Corridor will consist of many corridors segments that are 1,200 feet wide, with each mile consuming 146 acres of land. This land is currently ranch and farm land that is being taken by...
  • TxDOT accused of breaking federal law

    03/06/2008 1:18:28 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 342+ views
    The Navasota Examiner & Grimes County Review ^ | March 6, 2008 | Rosemary Smith
    Texas spirit was alive and well at the Navasota DEIS public hearing on Feb. 28. Opposition groups, such as the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, came from as far as Washington, D.C. to give recorded testimony, and get a first hand look at TxDOT process procedures. Assistant Director of Communications, Leigh Strope, who attended the meeting on behalf of the 34,000 Texas Teamsters Union members, says, “Teamsters want to stop the dangerous trend of selling our roads and bridges to foreign investors so they can slap tolls on the driving public. We are also concerned because the Trans-Texas Corridor would form...
  • High-Speed Solutions: The idea of passenger rail travel to major Texas cities picks up speed.

    03/05/2008 1:47:33 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies · 465+ views
    Fort Worth Weekly ^ | March 5, 2008 | Dan McGraw
    Driving down to Austin lately has become a real trip. I-35 is usually packed for most of the 185 miles, and what used to take three or four hours now can take five or six. Flying down can take almost as long, when you figure in airline security delays, more flight delays, and the time it takes getting into and out of crowded airports. But what if it took 45 minutes to travel from the Metroplex to Austin by train or an hour to make a trip to Houston? Advocates of high-speed rail lines are floating these ideas once again...
  • Texans ponder where superhighway might take them

    03/04/2008 1:28:23 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 415+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | March 4, 2008 | Peter Canellos
    REFUGIO, Texas - With an abandoned Wild West-vintage town of storefronts slumbering just a block from old US 77, tiny Refugio is a place where myth and reality coexist in a ghostly silence. more stories like this Obama faces heat over aide's NAFTA remarks to Canadians Texas, Ohio could decide Dem nomination Canada says didn't misrepresent Obama over NAFTA McCain tags Dems on trade treaty NAFTA seen differently in Ohio, Texas And now this South Texas outpost is swept up in one of the more intriguing tests of myth vs. reality in today's political life: the battle over the so-called...
  • I-69 public hearing draws large crowd

    03/03/2008 2:01:04 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies · 994+ views
    The Tribune ^ | March 3, 2008 | Bonnie McKeena
    Heated comments flew around the room as more than 175 citizens gathered to voice their opinions at the TxDOT open house and public hearing on the I-69/Trans-Texas Corridor held at the Humble Civic Center on Feb. 28, 2008. Congress designated I-69 as a high priority corridor in 1991 and again in 1998. In 2002, TxDOT unveiled the Trans-Texas Corridor project to accommodate Texas' future transportation needs. The TTC is a part of a 4,000-mile system of rail lines, truck and car lanes and concentrated utility routes to improve international and intrastate movement of goods and people from Canada to the...
  • Katy, Rosenberg Host Trans-Texas Corridor Meetings

    02/28/2008 5:21:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies · 358+ views
    Fort Bend Now ^ | February 28, 2008 | John Pape
    The proposed Trans Texas Corridor did not find any fans, or any support, in Fort Bend County this week. At public meetings hosted by the Texas Department of Transportation in both Katy and Rosenberg, speaker after speaker, many in emotional tones, voiced their opposition to the proposed transportation corridor. No one spoke up in support of the proposal at either meeting. The Tuesday night session took place at Katy High School’s Performing Arts Center with over 200 residents in attendance. The evening before at the Rosenberg Civic and Convention Center, a similar crowd showed up to voice their opinions. In...
  • Trans-Texas corridor stirs controversy

    02/26/2008 2:28:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies · 540+ views
    One News Now ^ | February 26, 2008 | Jim Brown
    The debate in Texas over a proposed 4,000-mile network of toll roads that will parallel the state's existing highway system is heating up More than 10,000 people have attended public hearings across Texas to discuss the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor, which has also been dubbed the "NAFTA superhighway." It is a project that is expected to cost an estimated $183 billion over 50 years. (hear audio report) Terry Hall with the group Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom warns the project will create widespread eminent domain abuse and involve foreign control of public infrastructure. "They're taking huge swaths of land, up...
  • Corridor: All in favor? None

    02/26/2008 1:49:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies · 430+ views
    Fort Bend Herald and Texas Coaster ^ | February 26, 2008 | Stephen Palkot
    A handful of Kendleton residents were among several dozen to speak out against the Trans-Texas Corridor at a public hearing Monday night in Rosenberg. “I personally think it's a slap in the face for Texas to take the land for pennies on the dollar, to put a road on it and to make you pay a toll for it,” said Jeremy West, one of the speakers from Kendleton. The Trans-Texas Corridor is a proposal for a network of highways, rail lines and utilities throughout Texas that would be financed by private interests who would seek to profit through tolls and...
  • Taxes or Tolls on the TTC

    02/25/2008 5:18:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 281+ views
    Gather.com ^ | February 25, 2008 | Col. George W.
    One major concern I discussed a few weeks ago regarding the Trans Texas Corridor is where the land will come from. Another concern is where the money will come from. Official government websites for the TTC assure that public-private partnerships will shield the taxpayer from bearing too much of the cost burden, but a careful reading shows the door is definitely open to public funding sources, while at the same time there is no doubt of the intention to charge tolls on the road. Taxpayers already pay for their transportation system through hefty gasoline taxes, vehicle registration fees, and other...
  • Road block: Why the rage against the Trans-Texas Corridor?

    02/23/2008 7:17:59 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 29 replies · 269+ views
    KHOU.com ^ | February 23, 2006 | Lee McGuire
    HEMPSTEAD -- The Trans Texas Corridor may be the most controversial highway ever built in Texas. That is, if it ever gets built. All month, there have been public hearings throughout the area where people have been showing up in droves to oppose it. People don’t drive very fast on Odis Styers’ family ranch near Hempstead, but TxDOT wants that to change. “It’s quiet, it’s peaceful,” Styers said. “It’s a shame a road is gonna mess it up.” The road is the Trans Texas Corridor. The plans call for it to come through here, and with it: separate lanes for...
  • TxDOT traveling bumpy road

    02/18/2008 1:33:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies · 421+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche-Journal (Lubbock Online) ^ | February 18, 2008 | Enrique Rangel
    AUSTIN - When it comes to road improvement and maintenance, by most accounts, the South Plains and Panhandle are fortunate. Despite a $1.1 billion accounting error, the Texas Department of Transportation recently reported no projects in the region have been canceled or delayed while cities like Dallas, Houston and Laredo had at least a half dozen highway projects delayed. But the $1.1 billion-error, which occurred because TxDOT inadvertently counted some bond money twice and consequently allocated more funding than it had, is just the latest problem plaguing the beleaguered agency. For months, TxDOT executive director Amadeo Saenz and other transportation...
  • Residents rally against Trans-Texas Corridor

    02/16/2008 3:10:59 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies · 645+ views
    Galveston County Daily News ^ | February 16, 2008 | Sara McDonald
    TEXAS CITY — A massive superhighway that Texans have protested at public hearings statewide drew heated opposition among Galveston County residents, who said they feared the toll road would cripple the local shipping industry and do nothing to improve insufficient hurricane evacuation routes. The Trans-Texas Corridor would wind from Laredo to Corpus Christi, wrap around the western edge of Greater Houston, parallel Interstate 59 through East Texas and leave the state in Texarkana. But residents at a public hearing Thursday night in Texas City questioned the real purpose for the road, which would also be part of a national Interstate...