Hutchison unveils transportation plan in Tyler

By Taylor Hemness - email
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Campaigning in East Texas Tuesday, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison unveiled her plan to improve Texas transportation.

Senator Hutchison said East Texas has been short-changed in the transportation system, something she wants to change as governor.

"I know that the people of Tyler know what was going to happen with the Trans-Texas Corridor strategy out of TXDOT," Hutchison told supporters Tuesday at the Tyler Chamber of Commerce.

Hutchison calls the Trans-Texas Corridor project a "massive private property land grab."

"They were going to put Trans-Texas Corridor 69 right through this area," Hutchison said. "And not necessarily where the local people wanted it to be."

"When I take the oath of office as governor, the Trans-Texas Corridor will be officially dead, and I can promise you it will not be dead until I am governor of Texas."

The corridor project is just one of the problems Hutchison listed, along with roads in disrepair, congestion in urban areas, and too many toll roads, as she described the decline of Texas roadways under Governor Rick Perry.

But her plan doesn't stop at killing the Trans-Texas Corridor. Senator Hutchison wants to restructure the State Transportation Commission from five members to nine, with more regional representation, and with more focus on policy.

She also wants to make TXDOT more accountable, and form a transportation network that includes state roadways, railways, and waterways, which Hutchison says will make Texas better now, and in the future.

"It will give more people choices about where they live, and where they work," Hutchison said. "That's what I want for Texas 20 years from now, and I'm not going to stop resting on our laurels of today."

Senator Hutchison also said that she believes Governor Perry is trying to distance himself from the Trans-Texas Corridor plan during the campaign.

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