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First foreign-owned toll road hits Dallas!

Terri Hall, a homeschool mom of nine turned citizen activist, is the founder of the San Antonio Toll Party and Texans Uniting for Reform and Freedom.



The first foreign-operated toll lanes became fully operational in Dallas over the weekend. Interstate 635 known as the LBJ opened the first 3-mile stretch of the public private partnership toll project to the public on Saturday. The expensive price tag won’t hit commuters immediately, since it opened at a big discount for the first six months as drivers get used to the variable pricing. To use the 3.5-miles of phase one it will cost anywhere from 15 cents up to 95 cents depending on time of day. However, the regular toll rates will cost between 10 cents PER MILE up to 75 PER MILE in peak hours.

During the discounted period, Spain-based Cintra will review driver behavior and trouble spots and make adjustments. You may be asking: why on earth would it take six months for a trial period on a measly 3 miles of highway? Because these toll lanes are plunked into the middle of the freeway and navigating into and out of the lanes will be a tricky proposition.

Congestion tolling or variable pricing involves speed guarantees in the toll lanes. So the toll rates are dynamic and change in real time depending on how many cars are using the toll lanes and how fast those cars are driving. If the privately-operated toll lanes attract too many cars and the speed drops below 50 MPH, then Cintra jacks up the price to purposely knock drivers out of those lanes to guarantee the speed remains at least 50 MPH.

Full article here: http://blog.mysanantonio.com/terrihall/2013/12/first-foreign...

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I would prefer a more

I would prefer a more competitive privately owned and run solution, and one would think Texas would be an ideal place for such a thing, but where is it? Where are the votes? Where are the proposals? And surely you recognize that government seizing land for freeway development using eminent domain as an excuse economically disadvantages the free market competitor, as they have no such option?

I do not believe in eminent domain .......

but I also recognize that it is very difficult to create a competitive market of roads, offering competitive rates to their users, such as the competition found in computers and the technology sector, simply from the fact that roads take up a lot of resources (ie land, time etc.). For me the issue is much more complex. And I am afraid I have not thought it through clearly to make a judgment call on this.

From a private ownership position (i.e. building the road and owning it), the initial risk involved is to high. Imagine what is involved in acquiring land in a densely populated area to build a road. Just the litigation alone would make it a daunting experience. It is said the City of Los Angeles paid upwards of a billion dollars a mile to build the 105 fwy in LA,and that 80% of it went to ligation trying to acquire the land.

Since the cost of building one is so high it would be impossible to find a private venture that could finance the project using their money. And no lender would front any money without first the land being acquired.

Holy crap - the head of CT DOT was just talking

about this on the radio the other day.

They are going a study to see if it will work here.

So basically - those who are well off, or have corporate accounts will be able to zip by all us paupers on 95.

The class structure grows and grows.

Of course - I hope they build the highway right from my town to NYC - that will make property values skyrocket - then I can get the hell out of here.

soon all the roads will be corporate-owned

Soon we'll live under a global version of the 19th century's "Company store"

Jefferson was a prophet: "If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them will deprive the people of all property until their children wake up homeless on the continent their Fathers conquered...I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies... The issuing power should be taken from the banks and restored to the people, to whom it properly belongs."

of course this is all just preaching to the choir here...

At their inceptions, the #Liberty, #OccupyWallStreet and #TeaParty movements all had the same basic goal... What happened?



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