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More than eight years in, Texas high-speed rail company still lacks permits to build Dallas-to-Houston route

In a letter to the Japanese prime minister, Gov. Greg Abbott said that the company had all the permits needed, but later he had to backtrack. Legislators are expected to file bills to regulate high-speed rail projects during their next session.

A public scoping meeting on the Dallas to Houston High-Speed Rail hosted by TXDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration in Houston on Oct. 29, 2014.

Company still lacks key permits

More bills focused on project are expected

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