State Officials Change Trans-Texas Corridor Plan

AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas Department of Transportation says the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor is dead in its initial form and that plans for the highway network have been scaled down.

Executive director Amadeo Saenz unveiled new guidelines Tuesday for developing the corridor, a much-criticized network of toll roads championed by Gov. Rick Perry since 2002. Associates of Perry have said in recent weeks the corridor won't take shape as originally envisioned.

Saenz says Texans have spoken and that transportation officials are listening. He says major corridor projects will now comprise several small segments closer to 600 feet wide and will no longer be called the Trans-Texas Corridor.

Original plans called for corridors up to 1,200 feet to allow for several modes of transportation and utility transmission facilities.