A Broad Path to Destruction

Public and private interests are joining forces to build a massive transportation “corridor” through the middle of Texas—threatening property rights, wildlife, and the historic landscape of the Lone Star State.  The Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) would be the initial U.S. portion of a complex of highways and rail lines from the interior of Mexico to the Great White North that would eventually cut a huge path through the Plains states and Upper Midwest before following on to cities in Canada.

While Texas officials were beginning to plan and choose routes for the TTC project, Evan Moore of the Bosque County News wrote that “two powerful if little known groups” are watching “from afar”: the Security and Prosperity Partnership of North America (headed by President George W. Bush, Mexico’s outgoing president Vicente Fox, and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper) and something called the North American SuperCorridor Coalition (NASCO).  Alongside these groups stand the North Central Texas Council of Governments and Ross Perot, Jr.’s Alliance Airport, a North Texas inland port.  As Mr. Moore noted, these powerful interest groups are not playing a public role in the development of the TTC, but their influence will be significant nonetheless.

As planned by the Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT), the TTC will be routed roughly parallel to I-35, with...

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