Friday, June 29, 2007

Trinity toll road opponents force a vote

By BRUCE TOMASO - The Dallas Morning News - Friday, June 29, 2007
Supporters of a referendum in Dallas to scuttle the Trinity River toll road said Friday that they have enough signatures to force a November vote.

They turned in what they said are more than 48,000 signatures of registered Dallas voters by Friday’s deadline. If enough of those signatures are verified as valid by the city secretary’s office, a measure to remove the proposed toll road from the Trinity River corridor will go before voters in the fall.

City Council member Angela Hunt headed the effort to put the matter before Dallas voters. She and her group, TrinityVote, contend that the toll road should be scrapped because it will detract from a proposed downtown river park. They say that when Dallas voters approved $246 million in bonds for the Trinity River Corridor Project in 1998, many thought they were voting for a low-speed parkway, not a high-speed, multi-lane toll road.

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Supporters of the road say it's needed to alleviate downtown congestion, and that removing it now from the plans could delay work on other aspects of the Trinity project, including the park and flood-control improvements.

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