There's something fascinating happening in Collin County. Residents are voicing an opinion on an issue -- in this case they loathe the idea of tolled "managed lanes" running down their portion of Central Expressway -- and, lo and behold, their duly elected leaders, including Collin County's entire legislative delegation and commissioners court, are taking up their cause. Not only did they write a letter to the Texas Department of Transportation and the Regional Transportation Council urging them to make HOV lanes free to all rather than charging for their use, but several of them stood before the Texas Transportation Commission yesterday, the better to voice their constituents' concerns. It's a bit weird. No one in Dallas County was doing that eight or nine years ago when
Matthew Hillier Welcome to Dallas. toll TEXpress Lanes were being penciled in for the rebuilt LBJ and Interstate 35.
Why are Collin County leaders raising hell while Dallas', faced with the exact same issue, meekly deferred to the wisdom of regional transportation planners? Reflexive conservative populism seems to be the proximate cause of the Collin County leaders' revolt, but it's not much of an explanation for why Dallas stayed calm. Everybody hates toll roads.More »