The Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) was a toll road to run north-and-south through Texas. The state announced in January, 2009, it would not be built; critics called it a boondoggle and a threat to American nationalism.
This highway would bisect Texas from Oklahoma to its border with Mexico with a 10-lane limited-access road to parallel Interstate 35. It would have three lanes each way for passenger cars, two express lanes each way for trucks, rail lines both ways for people and freight, plus a utility corridor for oil and natural gas pipelines, electric towers, cables for communication, and telephone lines.
This project would take 584,000 acres of farm and ranch land at an estimated cost of $11 billion to $30 billion - property then lost from the tax rolls of counties and school districts.
The Trans-Texas Corridor will be the first leg of what has been dubbed the NAFTA Super Highway to go all the way to Canada. Critics said it would allow the United States to merge into a North American economy.
In 2011, the Texas Legislature passed HB 1201 to formally cancel the Trans-Texas Corridor.
- Tim Woods, "State officials scrap Trans-Texas Corridor," Waco Tribune-Herald Jan. 07, 2009
- Michael A. Lindenberger, "Trans Texas Corridor Is Dead, Txdot Says," The Dallas Morning News, Jan. 6, 2009