Area transportation officials’ future plans for North Texas do not include a proposed toll road between Greenville and Garland.
The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) announced Friday it was not recommending the Northeast Gateway project, which has drawn vocal opposition from landowners across the region, be added to the Mobility 2035 amendment.
The “Northeast Gateway” project is the current name given to what had been the “Blacklands Corridor.” The proposal narrows the area under consideration for the toll road, moving it south of the earlier plans. The project no longer involves the abandoned NETEX railroad right-of-way, and the end points of the toll road have changed, but there is still no confirmed route for the road.
The Texas Turnpike Corporation (TTC) was reported to be still considering multiple routes across four segments; from FM 1570 to State Highway 66, from State Highway 66 to the proposed Collin County Outer Loop project; from the Collin County Outer Loop to State Highway 205 and from State Highway 205 to the President George Bush Turnpike.
According to Friday’s announcement, the staff at the NCTCOG had finalized its recommendation for an amendment to the Mobility 2035 plan, “and they are not proposing to add the Blacklands toll road known as Northeast Gateway to the financially constrained Metropolitan Transportation Plan and associated air quality conformity analysis.”
The announcement said that the staff is recommending keeping the corridor under future evaluation, consistent with a feasibility study which has been under way for 15 months.
The agency is scheduled to present its recommendations to the Surface Transportation Technical Committee on Friday.
The Regional Transportation Council (RTC) is scheduled to consider the recommendations on Nov. 13.
Friday’s announcement indicated the NCTCOG had initially considered adding the Northeast Gateway into the Mobility 2035 plan, until a Sept. 22 public meeting in Rockwall, attended by more than 1,200 people, all of whom were reported to be against the toll road project.