The Secretive North Texas Tollway Authority Board Readies Another Human Sacrifice

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If you want to know how Dallas winds up with crazy stuff that no normal citizen in his or her right mind would ever approve, take a good long look at the North Texas Tollway Authority, a $420 million-a-year fiefdom run by a bunch of mopes nobody has ever heard of. The board members are appointed by county judges in the region that the NTTA serves. You and I cannot vote for them or against them. They know that.

They're the ones who want to build a super-highway out between the flood-control levees along the Trinity River in the area that floods twice a year -- an idea so dumb most people can't even understand how they thought it up in the first place.

It's a scheme that comes apart no matter how you look at it, but the biggest problem with it is what I call the glug-glug-glug issue. Normally you build stuff outside the area that floods, not inside. Because, you know, if you drive out there on the day it floods, well ... glug-glug-glug.

But these are people who have their own ideas. They're the ones who took down all the toll booths where you paid your toll, put up cameras for people who have TollTags and then set up a system of back-breaking fines for everybody else. What public agency would treat the public that way? A public agency that doesn't give a damn about the public.

Tomorrow the board of the NTTA is going to vote whether to can their new executive director, Allen Clemson, who has been trying to open up the way the NTTA does its contracting. The line being given out behind the scenes by the board members who want to fire him is that Clemson is a good guy who had some good ideas about ending decades-old sweetheart deals with major contractors, but he "got out over his skis."

Got out over his skis. That just does not sound good, does it?

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Allen Clemson
The board of the NTTA cans their executive directors on an average of once a year. They're a banana republic. They do not like executive directors, lawyers or engineers who tell them things they don't want to hear.

In 2008, after the 2007 Trinity River Toll Road referendum, there was a lot of talk and a little bit of reporting to the effect that the staff of the NTTA knew the Trinity toll road was a loser. How could they not know? In addition to the glug-glug-glug issue, the cost of building the thing was a billion dollars more than the budget.

Next thing you knew, executive director Jorge Figueredo walked out of a special called board meeting, cleared his desk and left town with nary a fare-thee-well. The board put out a story that he left because he missed his native Miami. They forgot to mention that they gave him a year's salary to leave quietly.

He was quiet. I tried to reach him for months. He was very quiet.

Two years later Clemson came on as executive director and persuaded the board to hire its own lawyer, instead of paying huge fees to an outside law firm for routine work, and to think about using some firm other than HNTB as their general contractor.

That didn't last long. At another special called board meeting, they reversed themselves, kept the old-boy contractors and said they would wait until this year to think about a change, when the contracts would lapse for most of their legacy contractors.

That's about to happen. So guess what? Time for a damn board meeting. A bunch of board members have another idea. Instead of opening up the contracting process, how about we just fire Clemson? About time anyway. Guy's been lolling around the joint for more than a year.

What is this place? A hockey team?

The NTTA also just beat back an effort in Austin to get a law passed establishing oversight of the NTTA. The law would have allowed an outside agency to review the NTTA's business practices. But the NTTA's reaction to even a sliver of daylight was straight out of a Dracula movie. They threw their capes over their faces and ran off toward the basement uttering curses.

Which is about where we will find them Wednesday morning. According to their agenda they will be slamming the cellar doors behind them and descending the long stone staircase for a secret executive session to consider what to do with Clemson and his bright ideas about daylight.

The fact that we put up with this kind of stuff is just crazy. It's our toll money. It's a tax. Don't let them tell you they're not really public. If they're not really public, then let them go borrow money on the open market and pay the interest rates private companies have to pay.

The NTTA is hostage to its own contractors and is ashamed to let us know. That's why it despises daylight and thumbs its nose at the public. Shame on us for letting them get away with it.

Meanwhile I don't even what to think about what they're going to do to Clemson with those skis Wednesday. It should be a real Mario Puzo moment.

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Rob
Rob

If it's not public then how can they issue warrants for people who have not paid them and have their own court set-up?  Does citibank have that power when you miss a bill and they fine you 25 times the 1 dollar toll?  remember, this is Dick Perry's baby.  He wants it setup this way. 

Likeicare
Likeicare

My personal opinion is that I refuse to use a toll road of any kind.  First of all, they all seem slightly crooked and high on themselves.  Second, we pay $0.20 per gallon of gas for road taxes.  That's enough of a tax for me.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

I wrote members of the NTTA Board about Allen Clemson,how honest , smart with integrity.I also said as a Partner in Regional Transportation issues ,I supported Clemson.One member wrote me back said "Allen did not need cheerleaders, the four Commissioner Courts who appointed them knew what they were doing, and I need to let them do their jobs". I answer him with, As Chair of 9 billion dollar TRIP program on DFW Airport,I know what contractors attempt to do with Staff when  fighting for big dollars,turn Board members against staff.I believe that Linda Brown is involved ,she is on committee that stripped Anica amendment from bill for oversight of NTTA.

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Ms. Culbreath, I am (generally speaking) a fan of yours.  When are you going to start smoking out some of the corruption out there at DFW Airport (as well as the general outsmarting of Dallas County by the Tarrant County board members)?  Some of the nonsense out there has been going on for years and is documented in articles stretching back to 1998--- yet nothing has been done.

Last time we discussed some of the issues, you seemed to be under the impression that part of the terminal space was located in Dallas County.  Hopefully, you have had a chance to consult a map since then and can now see that all of the terminals, the consolidated car rental facility, etc. are all safely located in Tarrant County (with a safety margin of roughly 10 - 20 feet, as I recall).  If you look at the % revenue take that the City of Dallas and Dallas County get from the airport, I suspect you will be quite shocked and embarrassed.

If you get a free moment, can you also ask American Airlines why they elect to pay 100% of their multi-million dollar property tax bill to Tarrant County each year, when they have the option under Texas state law to allocate the payments between Dallas County and Tarrant County in any manner they see fit? And why American Airlines and the DFW Airport Board elect to send sick passengers to Parkland and unruly passengers to Lew Sterrett for incidents which take place entirely within the Tarrant County side of the airport-- especially when the airport doesn't reimburse either entity for the services it avails itself of?

Marc
Marc

I, too, would like some HONEST answers to those relevant and pertinent questions! GREAT JOB, Wylie!

Michael
Michael

It is well known in the DFW internal audit community that the NTTA is an employer to avoid, which is generally indicative of board professionalism.

Jay
Jay

Beginning from the premise that politicians don't do a damned thing they are not well compensated for doing, what is the Quid Pro Quo for the NTTA board members to continue to funnel no-bid contracts to the same firms for decades? As far as I recall, most of the so-called legacy contractors are in Dallas County. Why would board members from Tarrant, Collin and Denton counties not demand competitive bidding? Why would this particular group of appointees favor Locke Lord Bissell or Halff & Assoc. over other qualified firms?

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Jay, I had the exact same question.  But if you look at the numbers, it all starts to make sense.

Tarrant County - is getting the Southwest Parkway, a project that will be subsidized by Dallas and Collin County toll road users.  The quid pro quo is they look the other way at all the incestuous dealings (which benefit the contractors that are building their project).

Denton County - they just got the Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge-- another project that doesn't pencil out (it is subsidized by users in Dallas County and Collin County).

Collin County - this is where both the NTTA and the related HNTB offices are headquartered, so they get all the benefits associated therewith.  As an aside (actually, more than an aside), HNTB and the NTTA share a swanky office park on Plano Parkway!  HNTB is located at 5910 West Plano Parkway; the NTTA is located right next door at 5900 West Plano Parkway-- they share the same entrance--- the HNTB sign is on one side, and the NTTA sign is on the other side!!!  The first time I saw this, I was like "what the hell?"

@Jim S. - you should get one of your interns to go take a photo of the entrance... it's really quite amazing-- you have engraved stone monument signs flanking an entrance drive with HNTB on the left and the NTTA on the right (as I recall-- it's been a couple of years since I've driven by there).

Jay
Jay

Do NTTA employees, or their families, gain employment with HNTB. Do the families of board members regularly gain employment or board seats with other legacy contractors? Let's face it, that happens all the time and is seldom noticed. You may recall Dick Armey got his kid a cushy federal job at GSA, and Sam Johnson's son received no-bid contracts for programming from Collin County for several years. Joe Biden got his son a job with his largest campaign donor right out of college.......and on it goes.

Who do we demand answers from in this matter? The NTTA board clearly doesn't answer to the public.  I would think the man running the Dallas Commissioners Court, John W. Price, would be up in arms trying to direct contracts to his friends and supporters.

JDuc
JDuc

I would just like to point out that "They're the ones who took down all the toll booths where you paid your toll, put up cameras for people who have TollTags and then set up a system of back-breaking fines for everybody else." is not correct.  The cameras are not for those with Toll Tags.  The cameras are for those WITHOUT Toll Tags.  Just want to make sure that all the facts are correct.

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

on a toll road to nowherewhere all these roads seem to leadgiving out change that I ain't much gota sucker I must seem to beon this toll road to nowherewhere exactly is it where I can turn backcuz on this toll road to nowheremy pockets are constantly under attack

Wylie H.
Wylie H.

Another issue related to NTTA that is very poorly understood is the effective subsidy of certain users by other users.  As an example, look at the Chisholm Trail (f.k.a. Southwest Parkway Project) currently under construction by NTTA.

This project is a 27 mile long toll road that will run from Ft. Worth southwards through Johnson County and will cost at least $750 million before debt service.  Even the NTTA's own forecasts have consistently shown that tolls paid by end users will be inadequate to cover the cost of the project.  The shortfall, however will be made up for by other NTTA users on existing tollroads that run a surplus (the largest surplus is generated by the Dallas North Tollway).

In other words, toll road users in Dallas and Collin County will be overpaying for using their own toll roads to subsidize the costs of a toll road serving Tarrant County and Johnson County users.

The Dallas County representatives on the NTTA are Bob Day (an optometrist who used to be the Mayor of Garland), and Kent Cagle (the City Manager of Duncanville).  In contrast, the Tarrant County representatives include Kenneth Barr-- who served 4 terms as Mayor of Ft. Worth and prior to that sat on the Ft. Worth City Council; and the NTTA's chair, Victor Vandergriff, who attended USC and SMU law school, and formerly served as a senior executive with the largest private retail automotive group in the U.S. (owned by his family).

This evident disparity in qualifications is found frequently on other regional boards.  Generally speaking, the representatives from the City of Dallas and Dallas County tend to be under-qualified folks, appointed for the their skills in taking orders from folks like John Wiley Price, Dwaine Caraway, Ron Natinsky, and the like (without naming names, some of the appointees have been completely disgraceful-- semi-literate, barely self-sufficient idiots)---- in contrast, the Ft. Worth and Tarrant County reps tend to be highly experienced, extremely bright individuals who serve as highly effective advocates for the interests of the political bodies they represent.

Mountain Creek
Mountain Creek

If you think Cagle is on there to take orders from JWP you are sadly mistaken.  Look at the results so far.

JimS
JimS

People have the idea that the NTTA is somehow more market-driven than the state and federal transportation agencies, when in fact it is less so and more smoke-filled-room political. Take the Trinity River Toll Road.

The state and federal agencies have all those damned regulations that some conservatives rail against (mainly the ones who don't know what the regulations are or do), but in fact the regs for highways are the voice of the market, filtered through government acting as the custodian of the public's money.

For years it has been federal policy, for example, that you can't spend federal highway dollars unless the road you propose to build meets certain "congestion mitigation" standards. There afre numbers -- metrics the road has to meet. Specifically, you have to do a market/traffic study and show that enough people will use the road to take pressure off other roads. The point is not to let the fast-boys gets their mitts on the tax money and use it to build roads nobody needs in order to enhance the value of their own land.

So, the Trinity River Toll Road could not be built with straight tax money, because it's a bad road. It can't make its numbers. It will not relieve traffic congestion, because not enough people want to go where it goes. That's why it can't be tax-supported, not at the level they want to build it.

Along comes the the idea: O.K., let's have the NTTA build it. They're "market-driven." Well, they're not, but they should be, so they should have the same problem. And they do. They can't sell bonds to build the thing if they can't show the amount of projected traffic it will take to pay back the bondholders.

They did the traffic study. It flunked. Now what?

That was the point when NTTA went down to Austin and paid off enough legislators (their S.O.P.) to get the law changed so they can take money from one toll road and pour it into another. That way individual toll roads no longer have to pay their own way. Their roads don't have to pencil out. The NTTA can decide to build a road that flunks the market test for a tax road and flunks the test for a toll road. They just take money from some other toll road that's running a surplus.

To what end? Why do they want to build roads that don't meet a true market need and pay for themselves? Because they want to build roads that meet their friend's needs. They want to build what are called development roads -- roads that use public money to line private pockets.

And of course mainly they just want to build some kind of road, because their biggest friends are the road-building companies with whom they have a revolving door incest thing going. Did you know when the NTTA, moved its headquarters out of Dallas, it moved into a building up north that it shares with HNTB, its lead contractor Well, I say shares. HNTB is the landlord. The NTTA rents from  them.

The NTTA is HNTB's sock puppet.

(High puppet voice): "Hi there boys and girls. I'm a public agency you can trust. My name is Nita. Nita wants you to get in the car with this nice man in the raincoat who's reaching his arm out the window at you."

In the end, the NTTA is way more separated form market reality than the state or federal agencies, especially because it operates virtually without oversight.Why do we think it's so damned important to them not to have any oversight? They can't even handle responsible oversight by their own staff.   

SoYouThinkYouKnowTheTruth
SoYouThinkYouKnowTheTruth

There are some very valid points in this article, but there are two points which need more clarification.  First, the Trinity River Project--a decision handed to the voters and then voted into action.  In this case, NTTA is merely the instrument 'exacting' the will of the voting public.  Second, we need to be clear on the timeline regarding Clemson's tenure at NTTA.  Clemson replaced Figueredo, but there was not a two year gap between the two--only a six month gap.  Figueredo left in December, 2008, and Clemson started in June, 2009.  And to the point of calling the toll a tax.  No, Mr. Schutze, you are wholesale wrong on equating the toll to a tax.  A tax is levied against you by a government entity, and can rarely (if ever) be avoided.  Be it sales tax, property tax, gas tax, or income tax, you still pay it.  And lest you renters think you're not paying property tax, the rent you pay has been calculated to include the property tax.  A toll, in this case to drive the tollway, is a convenience fee, not unlike using an ATM that does not belong to your bank.  You pay that fee to use the terminal, and you pay a fee to use the tollway.  It is a concious decision you make when you choose to drive the tollway rather than other roadways that are not tolled.

Marc
Marc

WRONG! Try reading the US Constitution for comprehension. It declares two types of taxes - apportioned and excise.

Apportioned taxes are those which are levied equally on ALL citizens and other residents this country. Excise taxes are user fee taxes like you pay for access to national parks or similar venues, gasoline taxes, cigarette taxes, etc. By that legal and Constitutional definition a toll road fee IS a tax. It is an EXCISE tax levied to use a roadway that was constructed using PUBLIC FUNDS! No private enterprise company built ANY of our toll roads. They would not even have ownership of those roads had not our last two Republican governors given away control of our PUBLIC assets to private enterprise in return for campaign contributions!

JimS
JimS

Soyouthink: O.K. but please allow me to re-clarify. By continuing to be hucksters for the toll road, even after your Wilbur Smith study a decade ago told you it wouldn't ever pencil out as a toll road, and firing anybody who got in the way of it, you have made yourselves primary owners of this project. Face it. You were there at the conception. It's your baby now. Second, on the tax not-a-tax issue, you make no sense at all. So is gas tax a convenience fee? Is sales tax a convenience fee? Your roads occupy the rights of way that non-tolled roads would occupy otherwise, from Poin t A to Point B. You use all kinds of public advantage to build them that private comanies would not have. You benefit hugely from your governmental nature, in other words. Once built, the practical reality is that we have to use your roads to get from point A to point B. And you slam us for it with a tax, which you choose to call a toll, which maybe you prefer because it sounds a little more medieval. Face it buddy, you're in the tax business, just like Uncle Sam. The big difference is that his is not without representation, like yours.

Bill Q.
Bill Q.

I can't really think of anywhere that I have to take a toll road to get to. I can, if I want, and it saves me time in exchange for me paying a fee. That is not a tax. Just DART passes for trains and buses are not a tax. Now, if I had to pay a toll to drive on every road, and had no option to avoid it, that would be a tax. Oh wait, we do that, it's your vehicle registration fee and inspection fee. Those are taxes. Also, check your facts, there are no "back-breaking" fines for people who don't have TollTags. It's called ZipCash, and they send you an invoice for your tolls, there is a fine if you don't pay it. And yes, like always, it is a higher toll than TollTag customers, since there is no guarantee of payment.

pdcgimpy
pdcgimpy

@Bill Q. well sure, if you like being poor and having a shitty job in the suburbs.....I can agree with you too bob.

Dontgottagoheels
Dontgottagoheels

Unless you have moved in the interim, at which time they do not again, ever, try to contact you and suddenly you have a fine of $125.00 for a drive through North Dallas you took two years ago... ummm... what's the recourse then?  None.  Try to do the right thing and offer to pay the original charge plus a reasonable 'late fee' - say $25.00 - no matter to these fat-cat cigar smoking lazy bums.  $125.00 for a drive through, with no ability to negotiate, is tantamount to loan sharking... I can fly from Dallas to Austin, take a cab to my state representative's office, and spit in the face for allowing this to happen cheaper than that.

phe_75034
phe_75034

Don't know where you live, Bill, but out here in the wilds of Frisco, there aren't many choices other than toll roads.

Wanna get to the airport? You can take 121 or GBT, or you can avoid tolls and take surface streets and spend an extra hour (or more) in the car.

How about downtown? It's the DNT. I can take 35 or 75, but how do I get to either? 121 or GBT. I can go north to 380 - out of my way, and an extra 45 minutes.

NTTA has a significant portion of the North Texas populace by the short-n-curlies. Which would be fine if there were some oversight - lots of agencies and entities have us by the cojones (water, sanitation, etec), but there is at least a gesture towards govt oversight. NTTA gets to make their decisions in the dark, yet still reaps the benefits of their standing as a "public" entity.

Confusing. Frustrating. It at least gives the apperance of corruption. Thanks, Schutze, for shining at least a little light on them.

guest
guest

I find it amusing that you try to rationalize a distinction between tolls and taxes,  implying that taxes which pay for policemen, firemen and teachers are evil, yet tolls and their annual increases are justifiable.  These good taxes, "tolls", are not only paying for the costs associated with NTTA roads, but also anything transportation related including construction on free roads like Hwy 75 and mass transit.  That seems more like a tax than a user fee.  And this discussion involves a government agency that is unaccountable to those funding it while wasting millions.  Is this a shining example of good taxes funding good government?

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

The Tax is the opportunity cost of your time, when in the banana republic of texas, only the rich people can use the good (fast) roads, and the poor people can't.

Matthew Gunter
Matthew Gunter

Dont forget how they reneged on their agreement to end tolls on Dallas North Tollway after it was paid off to build roads in Collin county. Love how Dallas is paying for Collin county roads.

Michael
Michael

a lot of these responses are actually quite funny as is the article if somewhat inaccurate. From my understanding after speaking with an attorney friend about ntta, they are what is described as a quasi-public company. They actually have a board of directors which makes them more of a private company. Yes, I know the board is appointed by a group of judges which brings up the quasi part of the description.I used to work on wall street and I looked up the bonds that NTTA issues and they do pay lower rates then a normal public company would however this is normally the case when a company is using tolls or some other such devise to guarantee payment of the bonds.Water companies will usually also pay a lower rate due to the fact that they use the water delivered to their customers as the

guarantee of payment.This is much more predictable then when a company issues bonds and uses the number of widgets it sells to guarantee the payment, thus the lower rate. From everything I have been told and read the ntta (despite its name) is actually a private company that issues bonds to build roads that we pay tolls to use.They apparently have a deal with the state as there are state troopers on their roadways that enforce the speed limit etc.As with any private company you have to play by their rules if you want to use their roadways. If you decide you do not want to abide by their rules or you think the tolls are too expensive then like any company you need to avoid using them or their products.All of this Dracula reference in the article made me laugh. Most residents in the Dallas area have no idea of what it is like to live in other populated cities such as New York, Chicago, Miami etc and have to pay tolls and to go over a bridge or through a tunnel. It is something fairly new here.It brings to mind the GW Bridge in NY/NJ, it was supposed to be free after the bonds were paid back. I guess I have the benefit of hindsight but  to think that anyone ever thought it would be free seems to me somewhat juvenile.I used to live there and if they are not repaving the roadway, they are repaving the walkway. when they finish painting the bridge they almost have to start right away with reprimeing it to be repainted again. Not to mention lighting the bridge and policing it etc. There is no way that bridge was or is ever going to be free and or paid off. The same holds true for DNT and I assume the rest of the toll roads. There is constant upkeep to keep them in the pristine condition they are in. If you do not think they are in great condition try riding on the free roads such as 75,635 or 35 and you will quickly change your mind. As for removing the toll collectors, it definitely helps traffic move faster, which is a good thing with the growing population in the Dallas area.As I said I come from NY/NJ and I know what it is like and I remember from when I first moved here to sit in congestion as people stop to pay their tolls and or look for change that they forgot they needed when they got on the toll road.Least everyone forget there is also no State Income Tax in this great state of Texas so you have to apy for things that you want to use. Even with the costs of Tolls and I use the toll rd every day the cost of living is still much lower here then in other highly populated cities. The big difference is that nobody here is used to paying. I guess they could always institute an Income Tax like in NYC and do away with the tolls, but we would have considerably less money in our pockets.This article was extremely humorous and one-sided. I have nothing to gain but I do know there are always two side to every issue. Having come from outside the area I have seen how toll roads work in other states and understand the plight of the citizen as well as the desire to increase both the speed and efficiency of mobility in the North Texas are that the governments want. Houston and Austin are also going thru the same issues but do not have the same amount of need as the Dallas area.

donovan acree
donovan acree

 The NTTA is not 'quasi' anything despite the press. The NTTA was created by Texas Transportation Code CHAPTER 366.§ 366.032. NATURE OF REGIONAL TOLLWAY AUTHORITY. (a) An authority created under this chapter is a body politic and corporate and a political subdivision of this state.(b) An authority is a governmental unit as that term is defined in Chapter 101, Civil Practice and Remedies Code.

Clearly, the NTTA is a governmental entity.

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

Um...  we're paying for those roads in Collin County too.  Last I checked, I didn't get free use of the Tollway and 121 just because of where I live.  The NTTA is a pack of greedy opportunists no matter where your home is.

Sotiredofitall
Sotiredofitall

Same bunch of monkeys that had their director quit in 2008 and they still paid him "salary of $260,000 a year. Plus they paid him an additional $22,000 for accrued vacation days."It's just another collection of well connected good ol boys screwing the public making themselves and their buds rich and nobody gives a shit............    Yep - lets sell some more roads to the toll folks.http://corridornews.blogspot.c...

One who knows
One who knows

The NTTA is nothing more than the conduit for the transfer of public funds into a tiny number of public hands. It is by definition corrupt, and its structure and operating practices are designed to hide corruption, which yields... guess what? More corruption.  This so-called "public agency" needs to be disbanded and control of its roads returned entirely to the state.

Poster
Poster

Yeah, because they know how handle this.  Hand it over to Gov. Hairdo.

Marc
Marc

NO! Hand it over to the people of the state, and then require them to actually care enough to hold elected officials accountable! Government is NOT those people at City Hall, at the state capitol or in Washington, DC. Government is We, the People of the United States. Those others are merely our elected janitors sent to do the dirty work, and when they fail to get the job done, then WE, the People of the United States need to fire them and replace them with somebody who WILL get the job done!

In working with and around Angela Hunt I have come to learn one thing above all else - whenever Angela fails to get the job done it is NOT due to her failing to try! In a democratic society she is but one voice, and we need more like her who put civic responsibility ahead of personal aggrandisement and profit. We need to give her more elected representatives who share her work ethic and her devotion to public service to work with so that more can be done in a way that benefits WE, the People rather than a few wealthy, well-placed charlatans.

Angela, THANK YOU for all that you have done, are doing and will continue to do on behalf of WE, the People!

Angela Hunt
Angela Hunt

What I don't understand is why the NTTA's use of extremely expensive legacy contractors hasn't generated the same controversy and concerns that we heard during the Love Field Airport debate about legacy contractors. The silence is deafening.

Clemson appears to be trying to do the right thing in reconsidering the NTTA's use of the same contractors, decade after decade, without scrutiny and at considerable expense, and it looks like he may be fired for it. Where is the public outcry?

Marc
Marc

What can WE do about it? Is there some legal or public relations action that we can pursue to hold NTTA accountable? And, can we hold the elected officials who appoint that board accountable for NTTA actions that avoid public scrutiny? Obviously, it is time to have a come to Jesus meeting with NTTA and those who appoint that board. What are the names of those responsible for this fiasco?

JimS
JimS

Great point. Exact same issues. Totally different response. Could it have involved the fact that that the legacy contractors at Love Field were minority, while these at the NTTA are not?

IMHO
IMHO

It seems that the closer the officials are to the electorate, the greater the chance of any sunshine being directed at their activities. The fact that the NTTA board is appointed rather than elected is the root of the problem.

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