Trinity toll road opponents launch online campaign in Dallas; will they seek to put question on ballot?

Could opponents of the Trinity River toll road put the issue back on the ballot in 2012, just like they did in 2007?

They could, according to the city charter. There is no prohibition against bringing back a failed initiative. The obstacle now is the same as it was then: It takes a lot of signatures.

Some folks are getting an early start, though it’s far from clear whether a new campaign on Facebook and MoveOn.org’s petition apparatus will evolve into a formal effort to put the toll-road question to the voters once again.

Five years ago, City Council member Angela Hunt led an army of voters to the polls in November, 2007. Its purpose was to stop the construction of a high-speed toll road between the levees along the Trinity River. She made it close, but supporters of the road prevailed. (Photo at right is the cover image of the online petition to stop the road.)

That seemed to settle things, as then-Mayor Tom Leppert called all the parties to the road together soon afterward and demanded a sped-up timeline. He got what asked for, and NTTA was promising to shave a year off the anticipated opening date.