DESPITE PLANNED HSR STATION, BRAZOS VALLEY OPPOSES
DALLAS HOUSTON HSR PROJECT
Brazos Valley Council of Governments Passes Resolution Opposing Proposed Dallas Houston High-Speed Rail
Jewett, Texas – Despite increasingly heavy courting by Texas Central Partners (TCP) over the past two years and a planned station to service the area, Brazos Valley opposition to the proposed Dallas Houston High-Speed Rail was made official through a resolution passed by the Brazos Valley Council of Governments (BVCOG). After an hour long discussion among BVCOG members in which TCP representatives were included, the resolution to oppose the project passed overwhelmingly Wednesday, March 9, which is a solid blow to the company’s claim of strong support in the Brazos Valley because of its purported station to service the area.
The Brazos Valley Council of Governments Board is made up of five voting members from each of the seven member counties, including Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson and Washington Counties. The BVCOG, which is the regional planning commission officially sanctioned by the governor of Texas, previously voted in support of the HSR project in concept in March 2014. However, since then, the glaring reality of lack of public information about ridership and new information that eminent domain would be used to acquire property, has led the body to oppose the project, in spite of a planned station to service the area. The council expressed their concern about this private project not meeting the threshold of public benefit that historically justifies the use of eminent domain, citing lack of public need. The resolution emphasized the vast opposition within and outside the Brazos Valley region including counties, cities, towns, state legislators and the Texas A&M student body.
Kyle Workman, president of Texans Against High-Speed Rail, said, “We appreciate the work of BVCOG to critically review this project and oppose it for all the negatives it can bring to their area and our State, and, importantly, despite the marketing ploy by TCP to entice support by a proposing a station in their area. The Brazos Valley COG has sent a strong message to the Japanese investors that one of the main target markets for this project absolutely does not support it.”