February 23, 2022 -David Peter Alan, Contributing Editor, Railway Age -
For the past few weeks, Railway Age has conducted an in-depth examination of the case of Miles v. Texas Central Railroad & Infrastructure, Inc. (TCRI) and Integrated Texas Logistics, Inc. (ITL), now before the Texas Supreme Court. TCRI and ITL are collectively known as “Texas Central” and they want to build a high-speed rail (HSR) line between Dallas and a location northwest of Houston where two major highways intersect. Congressman (R-Tex.) Jake Ellzey filed his own objections to the project. So did a number of others, including several local elected officials, all of whom happen to be Republicans. The day before oral argument was scheduled before the Court, Ellzey opened a second front by introducing a bill in the House that would stop the Texas Central project and others like it dead in their tracks, even in the apparently unlikely event that the Court should side with Texas Central.
Ellzey is new to politics, but rose fast. After a brief stint in the Texas House of Representatives, he was elected to the U.S. House last year in a special election, defeating his predecessor Ron Wright’s widow Susan, who was endorsed by Donald Trump. He was a Navy pilot, served in Iraq and Afghanistan, and is active in veteran’s affairs. His district, the Sixth, is at the north end of the proposed Texas Central line and “spans from the Rangers ballpark in southern Tarrant County to the booming suburbs of Ellis and Navarro Counties,” according to his website, www.ellzey.house.gov. Fort Worth is also in Tarrant County, but north of his district.