May 1, 2017 – Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial Board –
Attempts by rural legislators and others in the path of a proposed high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas have a chance to move their cause forward Thursday at a hearing of the House Transportation Committee.
The committee is scheduled to hear public testimony on at least four bills aimed at stopping or delaying the Texas Central Partners proposal to privately fund the bullet-train line to whisk passengers between the two cities in less than 90 minutes.
Some potential roadblocks have already been approved by the Senate that could make Texas Central’s task more difficult or expensive — but none that would kill it outright.
One bill that could have done exactly that is treading water in the Senate and has not seen the light of day in any House committee.
Senate Bill 981 by Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, would require that Texas Central’s line be compatible with more than one bullet-train technology.