It has come to our attention that the Transportation Corridor Agencies that only builds toll roads, is looking at eight options, five of which include managed toll lanes on the 5 freeway. All of the options include eminent domain takings of homes and businesses.
The TCA has no authority to put managed toll lanes on the 5 freeway. The TCA, created by a joint power agreement in Orange County, is clear to build the toll roads, pay down the bonds then go away.
State Route 73 was supposed to be free two years ago and instead the TCA still owes $6.2 billion, the executives make very lucrative salaries and they enjoy international travel and spend wastefully daily.
The TCA has been collecting development fees since inception, however in 2016 the TCA gave up the only toll road route that was on the legislative maps. Why is the TCA still collecting development fees when they have not built anything in 20 years and they do not have an approved route on the legislative maps?
We want our development fees back! Orange County is not your piggy bank.
No toll road or managed lanes in OC! Managed toll lanes don’t appear to be assisting with traffic and the cost is a form of highway robbery. Caltrans should not be even looking at the TCA’s proposals of managed lanes on the 5 as the proposals are economically discriminating. Our taxes should not be used for economic discrimination.
TCA should pay down the bonds and make the roads free as promised and get out of town.
Michelle Schumacher, San Clemente