February 21, 2017      8:26 PM
Updated: Rural lawmakers file nearly 20 bills pushing back on high speed rail
Chairman Cook: "If you're gonna do it, do it right"; Texas Central shoots back "it is ironic that the proposed legislation calls for more government regulation in trying to block a free market led project..."
lawmakers gained momentum in their push against high speed rail on Tuesday,
taking aim at the Texas Central Railway plan to build a connecting line between Dallas
and Senate legislators filed about 20 bills that, if passed, would
effectively regulate and limit private entitles like Texas Central as they work
to bring the high-speed system of travel to the state.
bills would do things like prevent the use of state dollars for private high
speed rail projects, restrict private entities from using eminent domain for
such rails and prohibit private high speed rail companies from entering land to
survey it – unless the company is deemed a railroad by TxDOT.
By Eleanor Dearman