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Dallas Doesn’t Need Another Highway: City Council Member Speaks Up

Scott Griggs, Dallas City Council Member, doesn’t think the Trinity Tollway in Dallas will fix the congestion problems in the city. With seven major highways already in the downtown area, it’s clear that more roads won’t fix the problem.

As quoted in the Dallas Morning News,

We are so addicted to the automobile. Adding lane capacity is like an obese person buying a bigger belt and saying he doesn’t have a weight problem.

Dallas Evening Rush Hour Traffic (Photo: Justin Cozart)

Dallas Evening Rush Hour Traffic (Photo: Justin Cozart)

Though he’s in the minority on this issue, Griggs understands that the solution to congestion is to get some of the traffic onto other modes. Moving people by transit and goods by freight rail costs far less, has a lower environmental impact, and would create more long term jobs than a new tollway.

If you’re in the Dallas area and would like to attend the Public Hearing for the Trinity Tollway, it’s on May 8th  in the arena of the Dallas Convention Center, located at 650 S. Griffin Street in Dallas, Texas, 75202. An open house will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. A formal presentation will begin at 7 p.m., followed by a public comment period.

-Kari Banta, Transportation Associate.


Ecojustice in the Colonias

The South Texas Colonias Initiative, a community co-sponsor of the upcoming Sunset Community Forum in Corpus Christi, has been trying to clean up the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a while. In this article by the Dallas Morning News, Stephanie Elizondo Griest tours the colonias with Lionel and Juanita Lopez and tells their story.

In their work to improve the conditions of people living in the colonias, they started calling on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), demanding that area creeks and water wells be tested for toxins.

The Lopezes will be bringing their experiences with the TCEQ to the Sunset Community Forum in Corpus Christi on October 7th, at the Del Mar Economic Development Center.

For more information about the South Texas Colonias Initiative, visit their website.

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