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Neighborhood Action Needed - Submit Comments to TxDOT by July 27!

Released by Houston High-Speed Rail Watch, June 22, 2017

Action is needed in order to protect our neighborhoods.  TxDOT must hear from us.

Texas Legislature passes no new laws to stop high-speed rail

None of the bills passed by the Legislature this session will prevent the high-speed rail project from going forward.

Past News & Reports:

Bills Aimed at High-Speed Rail Project Move Forward

Several bills have been sent to the full State Senate by the Transportation Committee.

Houston High-Speed Rail Watch - 2016 Review

What we accomplished in 2016, and where things stand.

Texas Central Changes Leadership (Again)

Houston Business Journal, December 6, 2016

Yet another shuffle at the top ranks of Texas Central.

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts Announces New Eminent Domain Database

Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, September 07, 2016

As required by Government Code, Chapter 2206, Subchapter D, the Comptroller's office has posted an online database containing entities' eminent domain information. Learn more about the Eminent Domain Database Law and the Comptroller's Online Eminent Domain Database (COEDD).  

Request for Qualifications - Engineering Services

City of Houston, early May 2016

The city wants to hire engineers to study the possibility of extending the HSR line into downtown.

Alignment Alternatives Analysis Report

Federal Railroad Administration, Nov. 6, 2015

This report announces that the Houston station will be in the 290/610 area and that the train will not go downtown.  Along with this report, two reports from TCR were released:

Screening of Alignment Alternatives Report

Texas Central Railway, Nov. 5, 2015

Maps on pages 134-135 show routes TCR was considering for reaching downtown. 

Last Mile Analysis Report

Texas Central Railway, March 27, 2015

Pages 62-65 discuss routing and station alternatives in Houston. 

Where do candidates stand on high-speed rail?  

Houston High-Speed Rail Watch

Houston HSR Watch reached out to mayoral and City Council candidates to find out where they stand on high-speed rail.  Houston HSR Watch volunteers followed up with phone calls to candidates who did not initially respond.  This document details all responses and shows which candidates did not reply.

Step 1 Screening of Corridor Alternatives Report

Texas Central Railway, March 22, 2015

This past August, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a corridor analysis report.  This report made several references to a Texas Central Railway (TCR) document regarding their evaluation of various routes for the high-speed rail project.    While this report still does not give us definitive information about the location of the route and where the stops will be, it does provide fairly detailed information as to what would and would not work in certain areas, as well as general insight into TCR’s thinking. 

 
 

Corridor Alternatives Analysis Technical Report

Federal Railroad Administration, Aug. 10, 2015

Dallas to Houston High-Speed Rail Environmental Impact Statement – Scoping Report

Federal Railroad Administration, April 2015

Things you should know about that high-speed rail proposal

Evan Michaelides, Houston Chronicle, March 26, 2015

Opinion piece in Houston Chronicle arguing that the HSR project is not necessarily a positive for the future of public mass transit in Houston.

FRA contends preferred route not chosen

Rosemary Smith, The Examiner, Feb. 25, 2015

Article emphasizing that no final route decision has been made.

High speed rail firm examining I-10 route

Doug Begley, Houston Chronicle, February 17, 2015

Article describing TCR’s shift to the Utility Corridor and I-10 route.

Don’t railroad our neighborhoods

Evan Michaelides, Houston Chronicle, February 2, 2015

Opinion piece in Houston Chronicle against routing high-speed rail through established Houston neighborhoods.

Off the rails?

The Leader, January 10, 2015

Covers TCR’s presentation to a “tough crowd” at Super Neighborhood 12 forum.

Residents voice concerns about Dallas-Houston bullet train

Sonia Azad, ABC 13 Eyewitness News

ABC News video coverage of community pushback at Super Neighborhood 12 forum.

Resources & Letters To The FRA:

Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) project website  
Texas Central Railway’s project website

Comment letter from Super Neighborhood 22 to the FRA

Comment letters from various elected officials:

Houston City Council Member (District A) Brenda Stardig

Houston City Council Member (District C) Ellen Cohen

Houston City Council Member (District H) and Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez

State Representative Jessica Farrar

State Representative Sylvester Turner




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