The Texas Farm Bureau is concerned the Trans-Texas Corridor will eat up
a significant amount of valuable farm land.
The $180 billion corridor of toll roads, railways and utility lines is
proposed to cut a 1,200-foot-wide swath through 600 miles of the Lone Star State, from Mexico to Oklahoma, using new and existing highways in proximity to
“The final proposal is still pending; however, if you consider it’s a
1,200-foot-wide path through some of the best farmland in Texas and some of it (the
best) in the nation, it’s significant,” Gene Hall, director of public relations
for the Texas Farm Bureau, told The Packer,
a produce industry newspaper.
While the Farm Bureau is against the Trans-Texas Corridor, other
agricultural groups believe some kind of upgraded road system – not necessarily
the corridor – would improve the economy for growers and shippers.
The Texas Produce Association, according to The Packer, says many highways are inadequate for produce
haulers. However, the Produce Association has not declared an official position
on the Trans-Texas Corridor.
Gov. Rick Perry, who lauds the proposed corridor, has had an offensive
launched against him by corridor opponents heading toward the Nov. 7 election.
One opponent in the gubernatorial race, Carol Keeton Strayhorn, calls
the corridor a “$184 billion Boondoggle,” according to The Associated Press.
The Texas Department of Transportation held 54 public meetings in July
and August to inform people about the proposal and to solicit comments. More
than 14,000 people attended those meetings, and TXDOT received 3,000 written
comments prior to the cut-off date of Aug. 21.