Monthly Archives: November 2014

PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING DATES

NOW is the time to work together as a united front.  A second round of scoping meetings have been scheduled.  This is for the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that is being conducted by The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT).  This is the chance for the public to express concerns of social, economic, and environmental impacts that HSR will have on the communities in the path of the proposed routes.  Please make it a priority to attend a meeting in your area!  Grab a neighbor, or two, or ten and fill these venues.  Make it clear that HSR is not welcome in rural Texas.

Schedule for all meetings:

Open house: 4:30-6:30 pm
Presentation: 6:30- 7:00 pm
Public comment session: 7:00 – 8:00 pm

December 1, 2014
Jewett Civic Center
111 North Robinson
Jewett, TX

December 1, 2014
Waxahachie Civic Center
2000 Civic Center Lane
Waxahachie, TX

December 2, 2014
Truman Kimbro Convention Center
111 West Trinity
Madisonville, TX

December 2, 2014
Waller High School Auditorium
20950 Fields Store Rd
Waller, TX

December 3, 2014
Lone Star College
Beckendorf Conference Center
30555 Tomball Parkway
Tomball, TX

December 4, 2014
Grimes County Expo Center
5220 F.M. 3455
Navasota, TX

Leon Co. Opposes HSR

This week the people of Leon County spoke and their elected officials listened.  On Monday, November 10, the Honorable Judge Byron Ryder and the Leon County Commissioners Court passed a resolution protesting the proposed plan to route High Speed Rail through Leon County.  Thank you Judge Ryder and Commissioners for acting swiftly on behalf of the people.  As requested Texas Central Railroad (who by the way will not actually own the rail line..Here’s the link, scroll down to the bottom and read the fine print), the Federal Railroad Administration, and the Japanese investment group will hold a scoping meeting scheduled for, Monday, December 1 at the Jewett Civic CenterPlease check back for date, time and location.  Please add this to your calendar, you don’t want to miss this meeting!

What are your elected officials doing to stop HRS from ruining rural Texas?  Let us know at admin@notexashsr.com and we’ll be sure to spread the word!

The public scoping period has been extended to January 9, 2015.

 

Misleading News Articles

Two news articles have come out this week that do not appear to shed the whole light on the proposed high speed rail line between Houston and Dallas.  The first article was published Monday, November 10 on KXXV News Channel 25 Waco, Temple, Killeen.  The article states, “The eight bullet trains would seat up to 400 people and travel along the Interstate 45 corridor [emphasis added], at speeds up to 205 miles per hour every half hour.” Using the vague term “corridor”, is misleading and gives the illusion that the rail line would use the existing Interstate 45 “right-of-way”.  As we know now, this is far from the truth.  A request was made for the reporter to update for accuracy and she declined.  We encourage you to not be mislead by vague terminology.

Read the article Here.

The second article was a news segment and online article on KBTX Bryan/College Station on Tuesday, November 11.  The article and video cast discuss the growth the Brazos Valley has seen in the last ten years highlighting each county: Brazos, Burleson, Washington, Grimes, Madison, Leon and Robertson. The article concludes with, “So what’s in store for the future? All eyes are on a high speed rail project that’s gaining traction.  “If that’s within 20 miles of Bryan-College Station and within the region it’s going to fuel huge economic growth, a game changer for this country,” Wilkinson said.”  Tom Wilkinson is with the Brazos Valley Council of Governments.  Based on information from Texas Central Railway, the rail line WILL NOT run within 20 miles of Bryan/College Station.

Here’s the link.

High speed rail is bad for rural Texas.  It bisects agricultural land, displaces residents, farms and businesses, disturbs wildlife habitat, and decreases property values.

Update: Deadline Extended for Public Comment- MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD

The opportunity for the public to express their concerns about the proposed HSR is quickly approaching.  As part of the Environmental Impact Study, the Federal Railroad Administration is seeking comments and suggestions about the selected routes for the high speed rail.  Deadline for your input is November 14 to be included in the official scoping summary.  ****The deadline has been extended to Monday, January 9, 2015.*****

This is the time to make your voice heard!

Contact EACH of the following:

Mail: Nancy Gates, PO Box 201088, Austin, TX 78720-1088

Email: DallasHoustonHSR@urs.com

Email: Michael.johnsen@dot.gov

Phone: 1-844-541-1875

Online: dallashoustonhsr.com

Be sure to let them know you oppose bisecting agricultural land, displacing residents, farms and businesses and encroaching on wildlife habitat and devaluing private property.

Proposed Route Map

Here is a  map of the two proposed routes.  You can go to the HSR website and take a look, however you can’t zoom in on an area.  Also, I am providing a link here if you would like to view the Scoping Meeting Presentation that was shown at the six meetings that were held by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and TxDOT.

TCR Board - Recommended Alternatives October 19 2014

FACEBOOK Link

We have added a link for our FACEBOOK page No Texas High Speed Rail.  Please look for it on our home page and then go and “Like It”.  Spread the word TODAY!

How long has HSR been in the works?

Well it seems that the idea of high speed rail is not a new idea to the state of Texas.  In the 1980’s and 90’s it was a hot topic. It was a fiercely contested debate.  But with much lobbying and opposition it was finally defeated…  Then as recently as 2002 the talk of high speed rail was back; think Trans-Texas Corridor…  and it was scrapped too.  But the idea itself was not.  It has continued to rumble around and the momentum has been slowly growing. Here are a few major developments during this time until now:

  • Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation (THSRTC), was established in 2002.  Their goal is to bring high speed passenger trains to Texas.
  • TxDOT received a grant from the Federal Railroad Administration in 2011 to start engineering and environmental work.
  • During this same year (2011), a private company expressed interest in building a high speed rail line between Houston and Dallas.
  • October 2014, public meetings were held, led by The Federal Railroad Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation, in conjunction with Texas Central Railway for input to be used toward their Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)

This time around it’s different; very uniquely different.  Now we have private investors funding this project, not taxpayers (at least for the time being).  So, here we are towards the end of 2014 and the people mostly negatively effected by this high speed rail are just being informed.  Worse…not by the powers that be.  Meetings are being held, off of the proposed rail line, not in each of the counties affected.  Not in the places where people live, work, and the line would come through; of course the end points Houston and Dallas are covered.  Conversely, the news is being shared by a few people with the land owners and the local business owners.  And they don’t like what they hear.  Will you please continue to share the news of HSR with those in your community?  Better yet if you know someone who lives in Freestone, Limestone, Leon, Madison, Grimes, Navarro, Ellis, Montgomery, and Waller…please let them know, because the proposed routes run through these counties!  Please feel free to share our link.

 

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