10 opportunities in January, February to comment on Texas Central’s proposed high-speed railway from Houston to Dallas

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The Federal Railroad Administration will host 10 public hearings throughout Texas in January and February regarding Texas Central’s high-speed railway. Community members can attend the public hearings to submit comments on the project.

The FRA signed a draft environmental impact statement for Texas Central in mid-December, which outlines a preferred route from Dallas to Houston.

Texas Central, a private company, plans to construct a 240-mile high-speed rail route from Houston to Dallas. When completed, the multibillion-dollar route will provide riders a 90-minute trip between the two cities.

Community members can comment on the project and the environmental report through Feb. 20 by attending a public hearing, sending an email to dallashoustonhsr@urs.com or completing a form electronically.

After a series of public hearings, the FRA will consider public input from the draft environmental impact statement and compile a final environmental impact statement. The FRA will then issue a record of decision to comply with the permitting process for the project.

The FRA has scheduled the following public hearings:

Monday, Jan. 29
Dallas County
Wilmer-Hutchins High School, 5520 Langdon Road, Dallas
5-9 p.m.

Navarro County
Corsicana Middle School, 4101 FM 744, Corsicana
5-9 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 30
Ellis County
Ennis High School, 2301 Ensign Road, Ennis
5-9 p.m.

Leon County
Leon High School, 12168 Hwy. 79, Jewett
5-9 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 31
Limestone County
Mexia High School, 1120 N. Ross Ave., Mexia
5-9 p.m.

Freestone County
Fairfield High School, 630 Post Road, Fairfield
5-9 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 5
Madison County
Madisonville High School, 811 S. May St., Ste. A, Madisonville
5-9 p.m.

Harris County
Woodard Elementary School, 17501 Cypress North Houston Road, Cypress
6-10 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 6
Grimes County
Navasota Middle School, 1 Rattler Drive, Navasota
5-9 p.m.

Waller County
Waller High School, 20950 Fields Store Road, Waller
5-9 p.m.

View the draft environmental impact statement here.

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  1. Donovan Maretick

    I would encourage everyone to attend. The DEIS reflects the true cost of this project that Texas can simply not afford. The DEIS in Table 3.14-22 states that the average one way ticket price will be $199. It also reflects that they propose building overpasses for all of the public roads that it cant run a viaduct over. It is then up to the county to maintain that overpass. Ask yourself what is cheaper to maintain, an at grade paved road or a 30 plus foot tall overpass? This will be a huge burden on taxpayers. They also seek to use Federally subsidized loans which if they are not paid back will have to come out of us the taxpayers wallets. Also don’t forget that this is a private Japanese backed company seeking to use eminent domain. Please don’t trust me, do the research and see how unfeasible this project truly is.

    • Hi Donovan,
      Thanks for reading. The DEIS is surely packed with details and cost estimates about the project. Thanks for sharing your feedback!
      Best,
      Anna Dembowski, editor

  2. The link for filling out the form electronically does not work. I imagine that this option will be more viable for most people to give feedback than showing up at a meeting or taking the time to email.

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Anna joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. In July 2017, she transitioned to editor. Anna covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in the Tomball and Magnolia communities. Prior to CI, Anna served as editor-in-chief of Cedars, interned with the National Journalism Center in Washington, D.C., and spent time writing for the Springfield News-Sun and Xenia Daily Gazette.
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