Lawsuits filed by Texas Central against property owners (that we know of).
As it stands, not only has Texas Central been denied approval to construct, it has not yet established itself as a “railroad” with eminent domain authority in Texas. Amazingly, recent sworn testimony from a Texas Central representative revealed that Texas Central does not even have the money to buy the land it needs for the project, or even buy one train. Texas Central also admitted that it does not have sufficient financing in place for construction. Despite these undisputed facts, Texas Central continues to bully and has filed lawsuits against landowners across Texas in an attempt to enter private property, knowing full well it does not have that legal right. All the while, no Texas court has ruled in Texas Central’s favor, nor has any court ordered an injunction against a landowner to allow Texas Central access to private property. For a company that preaches fairness to landowners and respect for private property rights, Texas Central’s actions certainly speak louder than its words.
Texas Central’s spin about “key milestones” can be broken down in three minutes by TAHSR Special Litigation Counsel Blake Beckham. We aren’t sure who they think they are fooling.
TAHSR Special Litigation Counsel, Blake Beckham, gives an update on the new spin Texas Central is using to market this private-for-profit business venture to try to gain public support. Texas Central is talking out of both sides of its corporate mouth. New song, different day.
Texans Against High Speed Rail, Inc.
We are a 501c(4) (application pending) organization formed in early 2015 as a coordinated state-wide effort to protect property, property rights and values, and our way of life from the negative impacts of high-speed rail, as well as prevent the wasteful use of taxpayer dollars or public subsidies for high-speed rail transportation.
As individual Texans, we may not feel that we have the means or reach to coordinate a state-wide grassroots effort, engage lobbyists or attorneys, or push back against a $10 billion project, but by being a part of a unified group, Texans Against High-Speed Rail, you can help stop high-speed rail in Texas. The volunteer staff of Texans Against High-Speed Rail are all impacted by this current high-speed rail project, so you can be assured that we have only altruistic motivation to help preserve our property AND yours, as well as protect us all from the effects of inevitable tax subsidies.
Our supporters include residents, private property owners, business owners and elected officials from all across Texas who share our core belief of combating eminent domain for private use and our opposition to any tax-subsidized passenger railway.
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