The 84th Texas Legislative Session kicked off this month and our elected officials are in Austin to tackle some major issues facing Texas. Some of these issues include tax cuts, gun rights, education, immigration and water rights. However, high-speed rail in Texas has not made it to the top of the list, yet. The long term financial implications and property rights issues will be a significant detriment for property owners. If we can not properly find funds for education, roads and healthcare, how could taxpayers possibly pay for billions upon billions of dollars to build publicly funded HSR, let alone maintain and subsidize it. This is not just a Dallas to Houston property rights issue (how does a foreign-backed private company use eminent domain in Texas?) This is a Texas issue, with TxDOT looking to have HSR moving across Texas in the future. The Texas Rail Plan details HSR corridors, and millions of federal tax dollars have been pumped into environmental, feasibility and ridership studies.
Now is the time to get HSR on the radar of all Texas legislators IN THIS SESSION.
We have been asked to prepare form letters that can be forwarded to elected officials at the state and federal levels to make it easier for you to express your opposition to high-speed rail. If you would like to receive a copy for your use, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will promptly send you the correspondence. Please indicate your county so we can provide you with the correct copy. (You must have Adobe Acrobat to view)