Now that the legal battles are moving forward in our fight against the high-speed train, we want to provide TAHSR supporters with updates on what is going on. We know these posts will be informative, showing you that we are challenging Texas Central at every turn. We also want you to see that although Texas Central keeps telling people they are a transparent organization that does things “the right way,” that is far from the truth.
In a letter sent to Texas Central’s attorney on April 18, we asked Texas Central to send us an unredacted copy of their Japanese partners’ “Feasibility Study” which contains an evaluation of Texas Central’s ridership projections and cost estimates for the high-speed train. Texas Central gave this study to the Texas Department of Transportation, but both Texas Central and TxDOT refuse to make it available to the public.
In the same letter, we also requested that Texas Central turn over a clean copy of its blacked-out legal brief, which it sent to the Attorney General in an effort to convince the Attorney General to let TxDOT withhold this information from the public.
Texas Central still has not responded to our letter.
Here is a link to the letter we sent, including a copy of the blacked-out letter brief Texas Central sent to us:
And there’s more…We sent a letter to the Texas Attorney General’s attorney on April 16 asking the Attorney General to turn over the blacked-out legal brief he received from Texas Central. Based on this legal brief, which was never disclosed to the public, the Attorney General allowed TxDOT to withhold Texas Central’s feasibility study, ridership projections and cost estimates even though they are public information. The Attorney General’s office responded to our letter, but he is refusing to disclose the legal brief. Here is a link to the letter we sent to the Attorney General:
READ THIS CLOSELY…Then prepare yourself for the next document…
In the open records case we filed against TxDOT to get Texas Central’s feasibility study, ridership projections and cost estimates, we sent a subpoena to Texas Central asking to take a deposition of one of their representatives, like Tim Keith. We want to know why he thinks it is proper to hide Texas Central’s information from Texas landowners whose private property they are trying to take through eminent domain to line the pockets of their Japanese partners. Here is a link to the deposition notice we sent to Texas Central:
You are going to need to sit down for this one…
Texas Central received our subpoena, but they are refusing to send a representative to sit for a deposition. Instead, they filed a motion asking the Court to “quash” the deposition so they don’t have to answer questions under oath. They are also asking the Court for a protective order so they don’t have to provide any discovery related to their Japanese partners’ feasibility study, or their ridership projections or cost estimates. Here is a link to the motion Texas Central filed: