This plan doesn't reduce
pollution, it simply pushes vehicle pollution away from the large
urban district into rural Texas. In doing so it increases the
number of travel miles required to reach and leave the corridor
from urban areas which in-turn increases the generation of air
pollutants by inducing travel. One analyst has conservatively
estimated that an additional annual 5.4 billion vehicle miles will
be induced by the TTC over the long run.
Loss of habitat and open space.
TxDOT projects the Trans-Texas Corridor alignments
to require 580,000 acres. That's a land area six times greater than
the Big Thicket National Preserve in Texas.
The National Resources Inventory released by the
Natural Resources Conservation Service in 1999 lists Texas as having
the highest land consumption rate of any state. The TTC and ancillary
developments will certainly accelerate Texas' land consumption rate.
Fences and barriers required to protect high-speed
vehicle lanes and particularly rail tracks will prohibit the movement
of wildlife across vast areas of Texas. The affect could be a
reduction in the diversity of species.
Corridor plan is not the product of transportation professionals, urban
planners, sociologists and environmentalists hammering out affordable
infrastructure to meet our 21st Century needs. Rather, it was hatched in
a smoke-filled room where nobody worried about the needs of ordinary
— Dick Kallerman,
Transportation Issue Coordinator, Sierra Club Lone Star Chapter