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The Honorable John Cornyn
Washington, DC Office
517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Re: Dallas to Houston High-Speed Rail

Senator Cornyn,

I am respectfully asking you to support legislation that would prevent any federal, state, or local taxpayer money from being used for high-speed rail and not allow eminent domain to be used for high-speed rail in Texas. I oppose the Dallas to Houston high-speed rail project being promoted by Texas Central Railway (TCR) for the following reasons, among others:

1. The project will have significant negative impacts on our State and way of life, including:
a. Bisecting agricultural land(s) and disrupting city neighborhoods
b. Decreasing property values, thus reducing county tax revenues
c. Destroying the habitat of wildlife and cutting off local migration thereof
2. The project details have lacked transparency and many of the details shared have been later changed, leaving citizens to doubt every decision made by this company.
3. Despite TCR’s claims that the project would be entirely privately funded, TXDOT has reported it is not feasible to construct and operate high-speed rail in Texas without utilizing taxpayer subsidies. TXDOT is continuing to pursue this project on behalf of TCR by using federal grants, which are clearly taxpayer dollars.
4. The use of eminent domain for private corporation(s)
5. The project will not reduce traffic congestion on IH-45
6. The project will not have any positive benefits for counties that do not have a station.
7. TCR has not addressed how they propose to secure 250 miles of high-speed rail tracks from terrorist attacks, and the first responders in rural areas do not have the resources to do so.

As a proud Texan, I am understand this is not just an issue for my county, but the entire State. I am standing with our neighbors in Dallas, Ellis, Freestone, Grimes, Harris, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Montgomery, Navarro and Waller counties who oppose this rail project. As a constituent, I respectfully request you take all action(s) available to you to stop this proposed project and support legislation that would prevent any federal, state, or local taxpayer money from being used for high-speed rail and not allow eminent domain to be used for high-speed rail in Texas.

Thank you,

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The Honorable Ted Cruz
Washington, DC Office
185 Dirksen
Washington, DC 20510

Re: Dallas to Houston High-Speed Rail

Senator Cruz,

I am respectfully asking you to support legislation that would prevent any federal, state, or local taxpayer money from being used for high-speed rail and not allow eminent domain to be used for high-speed rail in Texas. I oppose the Dallas to Houston high-speed rail project being promoted by Texas Central Railway (TCR) for the following reasons, among others:

1. The project will have significant negative impacts on our State and way of life, including:
a. Bisecting agricultural land(s) and disrupting city neighborhoods
b. Decreasing property values, thus reducing county tax revenues
c. Destroying the habitat of wildlife and cutting off local migration thereof
2. The project details have lacked transparency and many of the details shared have been later changed, leaving citizens to doubt every decision made by this company.
3. Despite TCR’s claims that the project would be entirely privately funded, TXDOT has reported it is not feasible to construct and operate high-speed rail in Texas without utilizing taxpayer subsidies. TXDOT is continuing to pursue this project on behalf of TCR by using federal grants, which are clearly taxpayer dollars.
4. The use of eminent domain for private corporation(s)
5. The project will not reduce traffic congestion on IH-45
6. The project will not have any positive benefits for counties that do not have a station.
7. TCR has not addressed how they propose to secure 250 miles of high-speed rail tracks from terrorist attacks, and the first responders in rural areas do not have the resources to do so.

As a proud Texan, I am understand this is not just an issue for my county, but the entire State. I am standing with our neighbors in Dallas, Ellis, Freestone, Grimes, Harris, Leon, Limestone, Madison, Montgomery, Navarro and Waller counties who oppose this rail project. As a constituent, I respectfully request you take all action(s) available to you to stop this proposed project and support legislation that would prevent any federal, state, or local taxpayer money from being used for high-speed rail and not allow eminent domain to be used for high-speed rail in Texas.

Thank you,

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