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Dallas-Houston bullet train critics want to boost Texas oversight of eminent domain use

As private developer Texas Central moves ahead with plans to build what could be the country's first high-speed rail line, a handful of state lawmakers hope to try next year to give the state more authority over the project. But they admit there may not be the legislative appetite.

Randa and Charlie Calhoun raise pigs and cattle  on their land in Bedias, Texas, on Sept. 15, 2018. A proposed high speed rail would be built along existing power lines.
Central Texas Partners released this map showing the likely route of a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston.

A forgotten agency

New attitudes and federal oversight

A high-speed Texas train is planned to run near railroad tracks along Hempstead Road in northwest Houston.
The Japanese Shinkansen is a high-speed trail used by JR Central in Japan. A private company is planning to build a rail line between Dallas and Houston using the same trains.

Hurdles remain

Texans Against High Speed Rail Chairman Ben Leman, who is also Grimes County judge, stands for a portrait in the Grimes County Courthouse in Anderson on Feb. 21, 2017.

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