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The proximity of the connection between where the Route 303 and the Loop 202 Extension connect with the I-10 makes it pretty clear that the Loop 202 extension would serve to facilitate CANAMEX freight transportation. An Arizona Republic article reports, “Melanie Pai, president and one of the founders of Protecting Arizona's Resources and Children (PARC), said that the official route wouldn't necessarily be the one followed. That would especially be true for vehicles with business or facilities within Phoenix. The proposed route is lengthy and anyone who has a stop in Phoenix will be using (the South Mountain Freeway) as an alternative,’ Pai said. ‘Two of the trucking companies, Swift and Knight, have facilities located just on the other side of (South Mountain). It's a shorter route.’”[xv]
Arizona-Mexico Commission is not free of controversy.[xxxi] Back in 2008, some legislators attempted (but failed) to push AMC and other Public-Private Partnerships (P3) to provide transparency[xxxii] due in part to Governor of Arizona and chair of AMC at the time, Janet Napolitano’s secrecy about AMC’s dealings. The National Conference of State Legislatures currently lists Arizona as a state with “broad enabling legislation” for P3’s, with no legislative oversight.[xxxiii] Texas had problems with P3’s during their struggle with the Trans-Texas Corridor.[xxxiv] Texans had no say in the Corridor which would have been funded and operated (with tolls) by a Spanish Consortium.[xxxv] Texas citizens celebrated a victory when the Corridor was cancelled, although there were suspicions that it would continue under a different name. Essentially organization is taking place to facilitate trade and secure private funding to provide the necessary infrastructure. Here in Arizona, who wants or even knows about the CANAMEX Corridor? It’s not your average resident.
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It is difficult to tell just what this recently-passed MAP-21 (Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century) will bring. MAP-21 provides resources for states’ ability to put P3’s in place.[xli] Last year, John McGee, Executive Director for Planning and Policy for ADOT said that the Interstate 11 can’t be built without a P3, meaning that one of the most important pieces of the CANAMEX route in Arizona can’t happen without private funding.[xlii] According to the Arizona Builders Exchange, MAP-21 officially designated and also provides funding for a study to build I-11.[xliii] I-11 still requires a lot more funding in order to be built. ADOT discusses potential P3’s on their website, including the I-11.[xliv] ADOT has very recently discussed in a meeting the potential for P3s and tolling,[xlv] which can also be seen on the Interstate 11 Corridor Study FAQ page.[xlvi] There doesn’t appear to be any current efforts to create a public-private partnership in effort to build Loop 202... yet. Although we can probably expect pressure from the U.S. Government to build up CANAMEX, it appears that it can not happen without the government partnering with corporations--perhaps even foreign ones--who would only enter into this relationship if they stand to profit from it. The Arizona-Mexico Commission is all too willing to facilitate P3s. What are the interests of AMC, other public-private partnerships, and corporations?
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