January 25, 2018 – TRA Newswire –
A Special Request for Texas Rail Advocates followers:
The private company that is building the high speed railroad between Dallas and Houston must get final approval from the Federal Railroad Administration before the first shovel full of dirt can be turned.
The FRA has scheduled 10 public meetings along the I-45 corridor and is asking for public input on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. Public comments end on February 20, 2018. The public meetings start January 29th.
Texas Rail Advocates is asking for you to submit your brief comment to the Federal Railroad Administration why the Texas Central project, a 90 minute high speed train between Dallas and Houston is important to you. You can enter your comment through this link: www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0700. In the comments section there are two ways you can give the FRA your thoughts and opinions.
You can also attend one of the 10 public meetings listed on the FRA website starting January 29th and speak out: www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0700.
- Dallas County – Monday, January 29, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wilmer-Hutchins High School, 5520 Langdon Rd, Dallas, TX 75241
- Navarro County – Monday, January 29, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Corsicana Middle School, 4101 FM 744, Corsicana, TX 7511
- Ellis County – Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ennis High School, 2301 Ensign Rd, Ennis, TX 75119
- Leon County – Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Leon High School, 12168 US 79, Jewett, TX 75846
- Limestone County – Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Mexia High School, 1120 N Ross Ave, Mexia, TX 76667
- Freestone County – Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fairfield High School, 630 Post Rd, Fairfield, TX 75840
- Madison County – Monday, February 5, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Truman Kimbro Convention Center, 111 W Trinity St, Madisonville, TX 77864
- Harris County – Monday, February 5, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Woodard Elementary School, 17501 Cypress North Houston Rd, Cypress, TX 77433
- Grimes County – Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Navasota Junior High, 9038 Highway 90 South, Navasota, TX 77868
- Waller County – Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Waller High School, 20950 Fields Store Rd, Waller, TX 77484
During the Southwestern Rail Conference, held last week in Dallas, many of the attendees voiced comments about how the bullet train project could impact their lives. Here are some of the highlights:
- Time savings vs. driving 4-5 hours on a good day
- Planes have cut back service between Dallas and Houston and this gives travelers a good option
- I won’t have to drive on I-45, cited as one of the most dangerous interstates
- No highway grade crossings to worry about train-vehicle collisions
- I can be more productive with wi-fi and phone calls on the train vs. a plane or car
- It uses technology that is safe and efficient
- I could easily do a same day trip for business between the two cities and be back home
- The train is more environmentally friendly than cars, buses or planes
- Traffic on I-45 is increasing and we need choices to travel
- Frequent schedules will mean I don’t have to wait a long time for a train
- It takes too long in total time to fly when you consider check-in, security, waiting and delays
- It will help revive an economically depressed area of Dallas and Houston
- The train takes you from city to city, not to a distant airport
- No on-board fatalities after 50 years of this high speed technology
- It will create thousands of construction jobs for the Texas economy
- It will create accessible transportation for mobility challenged Texans
- It will create permanent, well-paying jobs in the railroad industry
- It’s a private company investing in Texas and is not asking for state or federal funding to build or operate the railroad
- Roads don’t pay property taxes but a private railroad will and it benefits towns and cities
- Many Texans go to Houston for health care. This will save time.
- Most Texans live east of the I-35 corridor and will need fast, frequent transportation options
- An intermediate station for the Brazos Valley gives access to the Bryan-College Station market that is land-locked without an interstate highway connection.