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Texas Central’s Latest High Speed Rail Announcement Draws Fire From Largest Opponent’s Group

The developers of the high speed passenger train between Houston and Dallas have announced another agreement.

Texas Central states on its website that Mass. Electric will install the systems that supply and distribute electrical power for running the train and related equipment, signaling and control of the trains, and communications, to ensure the trains, tracks, and operators all communicate with one another with network operations.

Texas Central’s announcement was followed by a response from the state’s largest group of opponents. Texans Against High Speed Rail (TAHSR) posted a letter from their lawyers on their Facebook page, claiming five false statements following media reports that construction will start next year.

The letter states Texas Central is attempting for the second time to get federal approval and does not have state approval to proceed with construction. TAHSR also says Texas Central does not have the power of eminent domain to acquire land, something Texas Central is fighting in the courts. The letter states it won’t be until next July until a final report is released of a federal environmental review along the proposed route…which will be followed by a public comment period. Opponents also claim the type of electric train Texas Central proposes to use has not received federal approval. And the opponents say Texas Central has secured only $450 million dollars of financing of what is a $20 billion dollar project.

Since the post from the opponents, the developer has added to their Facebook page, architectural renderings of passenger stations near Roans Prairie in Grimes County and the Houston and Dallas areas.

Click HERE To be directed to the Texas Central Facebook page.

Click HERE to be directed to the Texans Against High Speed Rail Facebook page.

Screen shot from the Facebook page Texans Against High-Speed Rail.

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Posted by on Nov 25 2019. Filed under Featured Stories, Local News for Newsletter, News.
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