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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 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

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