Friday, April 24, 2009

Speed bump in the path of the 290 East Injustice

News 8 Austin reports that a formal complaint about tolling 290 East has been filed with the Federal Highway Administration by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, joined by Save Our Springs and the Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment. The complaint explains that a tolled 290 East violates the Civil Rights Act by having "a disproportionate impact on minority and low-income people living in neighboring communities."

The complaint is against TxDOT, CTRMA, and CAMPO. Yay!

See the complaint at

See the ACRE post from March 22 that explains that using stimulus funds to begin construction of the 290 East tollroad is hurting, rather than helping the disadvantaged.

It will be very interesting to see how this plays out now that a formal complaint has been made--it is now more than just ordinary citizens trying to point out this injustice.

A tip of the hat to Mary Anderson, Texans Against Tolls, for this news.

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