Traffic forecasts overinflated to "justify" toll roads

BUYER BEWARE OF OVERINFLATED TRAFFIC PROJECTIONS BY URS CORPORATION!

See Letter to Editor here.

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.”

SAL COSTELLO
Founder of People for Efficient Transportation & Texas Toll Party
imacsal@aol.com

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