BUYER BEWARE OF OVERINFLATED TRAFFIC PROJECTIONS BY URS CORPORATION!
Toll numbers inflated
Austin City Council Member Brewster McCracken’s tax-funded review of Austin’s “freeway tolls” has been hijacked by tollers. The pro-toll committee is allowing the toll authority to hire a company to fluff traffic forecast numbers.
That company, URS Corp., has a magnificent record of failed tollways and inflated traffic forecasts. URS has inaccurately forecasted nearly a half-dozen failed projects in Florida. One of those, the Suncoast Parkway, was projected for $70 million in year one. It produced $7 million.
The failed Camino Colombia tollway promised to be a “generator of regional economic activity.” URS forecasted $9 million for year one — but it produced $500,000, which was 6 percent of the URS forecast.
We can only memorize the names on the toll committee: McCracken, state Rep. Mike Krusee, state Rep. Mark Strama, Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty, Austin City Council Member Betty Dunkerley and fire them in upcoming elections for a sham “review.”
Founder of People for Efficient Transportation & Texas Toll Party