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Hutchison lays out transportation plan for Texas

Hutchison lays out transportation plan for Texas

Dallas Morning News

DallasNews.com

12/29/2009

By JAY ROOT / Associated Press

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison vowed Tuesday to "clean up" the Texas Department of Transportation, reduce traffic congestion and start building a high-speed rail network connecting Dallas, Houston and San Antonio if she is elected Texas governor.

Hutchison laid out her transportation plan Tuesday at campaign swings in Tyler, Waco and Dallas, with more stops scheduled Wednesday.

The senator proposed a series of reforms, including new restrictions on toll road construction and more checks on spending, while linking roads with railroads, airports and waterways. She also wants to make the Texas Transportation Commission a nine-member panel, up from five.

The senior U.S. senator from Texas gave little detail on how to pay for it all, saying she'll focus first on eliminating wasteful spending and inefficiencies in management. After that, if her proposed special transportation committee recommends new taxes or fees, she would put the issue before voters in regional referendums... FULL ARTICLE

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