State officials say public outcry to the massive project have caused them to consider carrying-out road projects at an incremental, more modest pace. "Texans have spoken and TxDOT has been listening," said TxDOT spokesperson Karen Amacker.
Executive Director of the Texas Department of Transportation, Amadeo Saenz Junior, says his agency will rely heavily on input from Texans through more town hall meetings and an updated web site.
Many groups fought the place and called the announcement a major victory. ""It's a great day for all Texans," said David Stall of Corridorwatch.org. "(It's) a tremendous example of the power of public involvement,"
Governor Rick Perry first introduced the concept of the Trans-Texas Corridor six years ago. Speaking from Iraq, Perry only discussed the plan in broad terms. ""I'm very proud of what we've done, laying out big visions and big ideas for the State of Texas," noted Gov. Perry.
Perry's plan called for a network of broad corridors linking major cities, with toll roads for cars and trucks, tracks for freight and passenger rail and space for pipelines and power lines.