September 23, 2016 - Dug Begley - Houston Chronicle -

A rose is a rose is a rose, but a railroad might actually have to exist to have total legal rights in Texas.

Lawyers for a proposed high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas withdrew their request for entry to a local landowner’s property, after opponents and the landowner opposed it in front of a Harris County judge, according to opponents of the project.

“It is a great day for the vindication of landowner rights,” lawyer Blake Beckham of Dallas said Friday.

In a statement, Texas Central confirmed the hearing, but was less decisive about its significance.

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