URGENT CALL TO ACTION!
Please take two minutes to voice your concern about the Dallas Houston HSR to the Surface Transportation Board (STB). Texas Central is asking for exemptions to fast track their project. We need you to submit this online verified statement so the STB knows there is significant public opposition to this project.
Please visit the link below. The form should take less than two minutes to read, complete and submit. Please share this with any and all Texans concerned about the Dallas Houston HSR. You do not have to be directly impacted by the proposed tracks to complete this statement.
THE DEADLINE TO SUBMIT A STATEMENT IS TUESDAY, MAY 29.
Dallas to Houston High-Speed Rail Draft Environmental Impact Statement
Find out if your property is directly impacted or within TWO MILES on either side.
Prepared by the Federal Railroad Administration | December 2017
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.
Your opposition phone calls, letters and emails are an important element in opposing this current high-speed rail project, but we also need your financial support to operate a coordinated, state-wide opposition plan. Please consider donating today to help the fight.
Together we are stronger, louder and can do more to make sure our way of life is protected.
We consider our social media channels as a life line to you, our supporters. We use it to get out current and factual information to the public and opposition supporter, updates to the masses about our progress, but mostly to request urgent calls to action detailing ways you can support our efforts in real-time.
We realize social media is not always the most effective way to get urgent information and calls to action out. During the last legislative session, we efficiently used email campaigns to urge supporters in contacting legislators about their concerns and support. Please consider joining our mailing list.
We know you have questions … questions about the high-speed rail project, about the routes, about who we are, about what we are doing to help you, about what you can do to help us. We encourage you to explore our website, starting with The 4 P’s. Consider hosting an opposition meeting to find out more!
Your donations are critical to our efforts. While our core team consists of unpaid volunteers, we must hire lobbyists, attorneys, and other experts to compete with the opposition’s $10 Billion budget. We are also affected landowners and are committed to winning this battle by leveraging every possible strategy available.