Blacklands Corridor

Blacklands Corridor
9:00 am
Thu January 15, 2015

NETEX assigns executive director, cuts ties with Public Werks

Harley Davis speaks during a discussion at the NETEX Board meeting Wednesday at the Blacklands Railroad Office in Sulphur Springs.
Credit Cindy Roller / Cooper Review

The Northeast Rural Rail Transportation District (NETEX) Board met Wednesday afternoon at the Blacklands Railroad Office in Sulphur Springs. NETEX Chairman Sam Young stated while no immediate formal action was taken during the meeting, they have no ties with Public Werks and were in the process of establishing a release.

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Northeast Gateway
4:45 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Toll road foes rally, address Hunt County commissioners

Bryan Slaton of Royse City and over 30 other anti-toll road activists gathered in Greenville on Oct. 14.
Mark Haslett

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Northeast Gateway
2:39 pm
Sat October 11, 2014

Toll road opponents plan 'Super Tuesday'

The map published by Texas Turnpike Corp. shows only possible routes.
North Central Texas Council of Governments

Opponents of a proposed toll road between Greenville and far northeastern Dallas County plan to present their objections to elected officials throughout the area on Tuesday.

The activist group Texans United for Reform and Freedom (TURF) plans to hold a press conference at 9:30 a.m. on Tue. Oct. 14 in front of the Hunt County Auxiliary Courtroom at 2700 Johnson St. in Greenville. TURF also plans to make its case during the Hunt County Commissioners Court meeting scheduled for 10 a.m. at that same location.

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News and Culture Notebook
2:38 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

Dallas media roundup: Northeast Gateway

Activists collect petition signatures and distribute literature at a Sept. 22 public meeting in Rockwall on the Blacklands Corridor feasibility study, which includes preliminary recommendations for a toll road between Greenville and the President George Bush Turnpike in far northeastern Dallas County.
Credit Mark Haslett / KETR

For about a year and a half, Dallas-area media didn't pay a whole lot of attention to the North Central Texas Council of Governments transportation study of the "Blacklands Corridor" between Greenville and northeastern Dallas County. There was a bit of a rumble in early 2013 when it seemed developers might try to put in a toll road along the old Blacklands Railroad right-of-way, but when the Council of Governments shot down that plan, the whole story went onto the back burner for a while.

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Blacklands Corridor
4:03 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Meeting attendees reject 'Northeast Gateway' toll road

Activists present anti-toll road literature and petitions to vistors at the Sept. 22 public meeting in Rockwall.
Mark Haslett

The latest in a series of public meetings presenting the possibility of a new toll road in the region was held in Rockwall last night. KETR’s Mark Haslett reports.

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Blacklands Corridor
8:11 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Toll road meeting tonight in Rockwall

Credit NCTCOG

After a meeting was shut down earlier this month due to overcrowding, state transportation officials are going to try again Monday to present information regarding a possible toll road through the region between Greenville and Garland, as well as other issues.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has scheduled the public meeting at the Rockwall High School Performing Arts Center at The Utley Middle School campus. Doors will open at 5 p.m. Monday, with the public meeting starting at 6:30 p.m.

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News and Culture Notebook
11:27 am
Tue September 16, 2014

Dust settles, uncertainty rises after toll road meeting

An anti-toll road yard sign in Lavon.
Mark Haslett

Who would have guessed that a North Central Texas Council of Governments public meeting about a proposed toll road would provide more drama than the Texas A&M University-Commerce football season opener?

Before the Lions romped past an overmatched East Texas Baptist team at Memorial Stadium, the Council of Governments public forum in Lavon had disbanded early.

The local fire marshal shut the meeting down about 45 minutes into the evening’s proceedings. The crowd of over 300 packed into the NeSmith Elementary School lunchroom constituted a violation of fire code.

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Blacklands Corridor
7:45 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Toll road meeting shut down

A meeting at NeSmith Elementray School in Lavon hosted by the North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Division was shut down by local fire officials, who said the crowd of over 300 people in the school's cafetria violated fire code.
Cliff Gibson Greenville Herald-Banner

A public meeting Lavon to present plans for a proposed toll road linking Greenville with the President George Bush Turnpike in Dallas County ended early last night. About 45 minutes into the meeting, local fire officials shut down the event at NeSmith Elementary School in Lavon, according to a report by the Greenville Herald-Banner.

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Blacklands Corridor
8:18 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Private firm to present toll road options in Lavon tonight

A toll road between Greenville and the President George Bush Turnpike appears increasingly likely, though the route of the throughfare has not been identified.
Texas Turnpike Corp.

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Blacklands Corridor
10:13 am
Fri August 29, 2014

'Northeast Gateway' topic at Sept. 4 Lavon forum

This graphic shows possible routes for a a proposed toll road connecting Greenville with the President George Bush Turnpike.
Texas Turnpike Corp.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Division is hosting another public forum on theongoing Blacklands Corridor study next Thursday.

The public meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at NeSmith Elementary School, 801 Presidents Blvd. in Lavon.

The Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study is an ongoing assessment of transportation needs in a wide area from Greenville to Garland. The study area stretches from U.S. Hwy. 380 in the north to Interstate 30 in the south and includes portions of Collin, Dallas, Hunt and Rockwall counties.

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Blacklands Corridor
1:59 pm
Wed May 14, 2014

'Eastern terminus' of proposed road undecided

Matthew Hopkins of Hunt County addresses the audience of about 50 area residents who attended the May 13 forum in Garland.
Mark Haslett

If - and everything about the Blacklands Corridor has an "if" in front of it - there is a new road between Greenville and Garland, there are quite a few places where it could go.

The North Central Texas Council of Government's Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study is on schedule. By the end of this calendar year, the agency expects to have recommendations for the future of transportation infrastructure in the region between Greenville and the President George Bush Tollway in Garland. The study area includes parts of Collin, Dallas, Hunt and Rockwall Counties.

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Blacklands Corridor
4:29 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Wylie-Lavon bottleneck might require new highway

Texas Highway 78 is already near capacity with existing traffic.
Google Maps

While the prospect of a toll road along the old railroad corridor west of Greenville seems to have been left by the wayside, there’s little question that transportation development in the immediate area is on the way.

The North Central Texas Regional Council of Governments Transportation Division isn’t publishing final recommendations until the end of 2014, but one-third of the way into its yearlong study of the Blacklands Corridor, some likely recommendations are becoming apparent.

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Blacklands Corridor
6:43 am
Fri March 21, 2014

'Non-toll' road possible from Greenville to SE Collin Co.

North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Director Michael Morris
Mark Haslett

A big crowd filled the Fletcher Warren Civic Center in Greenville Thursday night, for the latest public meeting concerning plans to address future transportation issues along the Blacklands Corridor between Greenville and the Dallas area.

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Blacklands Corridor
10:58 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Regional transportation meetings come to Greenville

Earlier public meetings on the topic have been held in Lavon and Nevada.
Mark Haslett

The process of providing public input for the Blacklands Corridor Feasibility Study continue with a meeting in Greenville on March 20. The event will begin with an open house at 5:30 p.m., followed by a presentation by North Central Texas Council of Governments Regional Transportation Division staff at 6 p.m.

A public comment period will follow the presentation and the evening will conclude with another open house following the public comments.

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Blacklands Corridor
10:48 am
Mon March 17, 2014

Weird, cryptic Facebook page puzzles users

Facebook

UPDATE, 3:45 p.m.: As of around 3 p.m. this afternoon, the HCPC Facebook page had vanished. The North Central Texas Council of Governments Transportation Department confirmed that the page and the post were unrelated to any NCTCOG activity. And so the mystery remains, perhaps to be cleared up at the upcoming public meeting on the Blacklands Corridor in Greenville. That meeting will be March 20 at the Fletcher Warren Civic Center, located at 5501 S. Business Hwy. 69, beginning with an open house at 5:30 p.m.

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