Friday, July 1, 2011

HB 1201 to totally repeal TTC becomes law

A bill to totally remove the authority to create the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) finally passed in the last regular session of the Legislature and was signed by the governor. HB 1201 was authored by Republican Representative Lois Kolkhorst, a long-time opponent of the TTC. The bill was described as “Relating to repeal of authority for the establishment and operation of the Trans-Texas Corridor.”

HB 1201 was passed by the House and Senate in May, was signed by the governor on June 17, and was effective immediately. During the years of attempts to implement the Corridor, the Coupland area was threatened by plans for the Corridor route. Now, Gov. Perry, who created the TTC and described it as his “vision,” has signed the bill to completely take all references to it out of Texas statutes. If proponents ever want to revive the TTC, they will have to start from scratch; they will not be able to use existing authority.