Although Texas Central isn't planning on using state funds for its Dallas-Houston line, it says language in the spending plan could impede the project until a court definitively affirms the company's ability to use eminent domain.
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.
As the legislative session reaches its final weeks, opponents of a private firm's plans to build a bullet train line between Dallas and Houston are urging lawmakers will pass one of several bills that would likely kill it.
Officials with Texas Central Partners, the private firm developing the Houston-Dallas high-speed rail line, said the rider added to the state senate's proposed budget Wednesday would put their project at risk.
by Brandon Formby, The Texas Tribune and Jill Cowan, The Dallas Morning News
A private firm's proposed Houston-Dallas bullet train would connect two of America's biggest metropolitan areas. But the 240-mile line would require a lot of country land that many Texans don't want to give up.
In both courthouses and at the Capitol, opponents of a private company’s plans to build a Dallas-Houston bullet train have zeroed on in the firm's claim that it has the authority to take land by condemnation if necessary.
A privately funded bullet train between Dallas and Houston and a passenger rail line in North Texas are among a litany of transportation projects considered priorities by President Donald Trump’s transition team, according to The Kansas City Star.
Texas lawmakers could put up major road blocks next year for a private firm's plans to build a high-speed rail project now that a federal transportation board has decided the project falls under state jurisdiction.
Just over two weeks after announcing his resignation from the Transportation Commission, Jeff Moseley has joined the leadership of a private company developing a high-speed train project between Dallas and Houston.
Thirty-three East Texas officials, including 11 from the Legislature, signed a letter to Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae opposing a private firm's proposed high-speed rail that has strong ties to a Japanese company.
Silicon Valley heavyweights like Uber, Tesla and Google challenged the transportation status quo this year, along with a private firm that is hoping to build the country’s fastest high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston.