Dallas Senator John Cornyn, Chair of the Senate Transportation Committee, couldn't be more pleased.
"I think it's great news for the people of the state. We heard for many months now, people didn't want the corridor built for a variety of different reasons."
As a strong critic over the corridor placed restrictions on it's construction. He preceded over volatile public hearings which included one at the legislature which attracted more than a thousand opponents from across the state.
Cornyn says landowners and environmentalists were among those who objected toÎ¾the governor's concept of building a state-wideÎ¾transportation system, with a main corridor that stretched from Oklahoma to Mexico. Opponents said the twelve hundred-foot width ofÎ¾the corridor with roads, rail lines, utilities, and moreÎ¾was just tooÎ¾much.Î¾
"The notion of going out into deep, rural farm lands of the state and building this corridor at the expense of landowners and through a very aggressive pattern and process of takings of land. I think that's what people really found just unacceptable, justÎ¾downright un-Texan."
On a conference call with reporters Governor Perry said he agreed with theÎ¾Transportation Department's decision to scale down theÎ¾project he unveiledÎ¾seven years ago.Î¾
"I think the concept of the Tran-Texas Corridor was one that frankly, got misunderstood and the idea that there was misrepresentation of what it was certainly plays into the decision Tx-Dot madeÎ¾and I support their decision."Î¾
Cornyn says sections of the corridor project, especially those planned forÎ¾congested urban areas are still on the drawing board. Eliminating this hot political potato meansÎ¾Cornyn and his transportation committee can know focus on how to pay for roads that Texans want, instead of how to block roads they don't want.