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I-69 Corridor: A Citizens’ Report on Transportation Needs Judy Hawley Chair I-69 Corridor Advisory Committee. Overview. Committee Charge Recurring Themes Committee Conclusions Current/Future Transportation Needs Community Opportunities and Impacts Funding Next Steps. Committee Charge.

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I 69 corridor a citizens report on transportation needs judy hawley chair

I-69 Corridor: A Citizens’ Report on Transportation Needs

Judy Hawley

Chair

I-69 Corridor Advisory Committee


Overview

Overview

  • Committee Charge

  • Recurring Themes

  • Committee Conclusions

    • Current/Future Transportation Needs

    • Community Opportunities and Impacts

    • Funding

  • Next Steps


Committee charge

Committee Charge

Provide the Commission recommendations

on I-69 Corridor planning, development and

public involvement which consider:

  • the current and future demand for the I-69 Corridor

  • economic, political, societal, environmental, demographic, financial, multimodal and community impact issues

  • enhancing collaboration among TxDOT and affected communities, governments and interested parties


Recurring themes

Recurring Themes

  • Remove the moniker Trans-Texas Corridor from project name

  • Use existing right of way where possible

  • Early in the planning process, engage stakeholders and incorporate their recommendations

  • Protect private property rights and compensate fairly


Committee conclusions

Committee Conclusions

  • I-69 is the vital artery needed to connect the ports of entry to each other, the rest of Texas and the nation

  • I-69 addresses the current urgency for additional road, rail and port capacity to accommodate freight movements within and through Texas

  • I-69 will optimize Texas ports’ capacity and distribution efficiency – making Texas the hemisphere’s most competitive location for moving freight - by reducing logistics costs for Texas industries, retailers, importers/exporters, distribution centers, manufacturers . . .

  • I-69, primarily a freight corridor, will provide environmental and congestion relief for Texas


  • Committee conclusions1

    Committee Conclusions

    • I-69 can be the template to incorporate innovative technologies such as the Universal Freight Shuttle

    • I-69 should be an interstate-type facility

    • International coordination is essential in the planning and development of I-69

    • Improvements should be viewed as a systematic approach, yet be compatible with local and regional needs


    Committee conclusions2

    Committee Conclusions

    • Communities, through the segment committees and other stakeholders, should be fully engaged in planning and decision-making

    • Local connectors must be addressed in planning and funding discussions

    • Projects currently included in regional transportation plans should be prioritized and built quickly

      • Improvements must include projects on US 59, US 281, US 77 and SH 44 and other connecting highways to provide a contiguous facility


    Committee conclusions3

    Committee Conclusions

    • The rapid population growth stimulated by proximity to an interstate corridor brings challenges to: school districts, city planning and zoning, emergency service providers, utility providers, etc.

    • Proximity to an interstate corridor brings communities economic opportunities such as job creation, funding for more projects, increased economic development, increased tourism, more evacuation routes


    Committee conclusions4

    Committee Conclusions

    • The State Legislature and TxDOT must commit to:

      • Fund and build I-69

      • Provide the tools of innovative financing to maximize funding

      • Stop diversions from Fund 6

      • Develop additional sources of funding

      • Weigh in on federal authorization in order to prioritize and fund Interstate 69


    Committee next steps

    Committee “next steps”

    • Assess economic impact of I-69 on statewide manufacturers, industries, agricultural producers, retailers, truckers, taxing entities, etc.

    • “Quantify” projected environmental and congestion savings from building I-69

    • Collaborate with newly formed segment committees and TxDOT

    • Explore and assess funding options

    • Develop recommendations for facilitating community opportunity/impact planning

    • Develop additional “citizen” recommendations for the Commission as needed and/or requested

      ntEmpower state and federal decision makers with economic data linking Texas’ prosperity with the capacity of the state’s infrastructure to competitively accommodate commerce


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