Trans-Texas Corridor draws more opponents

| 3/26/2007

Another grass-roots group has sprung up in Texas in opposition to the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor.

The group - Citizens For Responsible Government - is based in Victoria, TX, a city of about 60,000 people located on Highway 59 north of Corpus Cristi, TX.

Russell Pruitt, one of the group's founders, told "Land Line Now" on XM Satellite Radio that he and his neighbors are in the path of one of the proposed quarter-mile-wide corridors.

Pruitt said he learned a valuable lesson about the use of eminent domain recently, when his brother-in-law lost land for an unrelated project.

"Virtually, he had no power. He didn't get full market value, as always promised. The full market value was paid, but that was after attorneys took their cut," Pruitt said. "What he received was a little more than half (of full market value)."

If all goes according to plan, the Trans-Texas Corridor would be built and maintained as toll roads by private companies.

- By Reed Black, staff writer