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Front Page March 14, 2017  RSS feed

Leon County residents visit state capitol to discuss High Speed Rail

By Sherry Matney

The David and Goliath story continues, along I45 between Dallas and Houston, as residents and land owners along that route commit to fight the looming and prestigious High Speed Rail, which is proposed to connect those two major metropolises. With almost 10 million people living in Dallas (Dallas), Tarrant (Ft. Worth) and Harris (Houston) counties and only about 500,000 residing in the counties that connect them, the battle is a steep uphill climb for those who oppose the HSR. From the beginning many of the State Representatives have been supportive of the opposition but the two U.S. Senators, Ted Cruz and John Cornyn have backed the rail. Of course the greatest number of their senators constituents live within those three counties.

On Tuesday, March 7, four busloads of Brazos Valley residents, 225 people, traveled to Austin and the Texas State Capitol to voice their concerns over the HSP and explain, to those who would listen, exactly how this railway will impact lives along the proposed railway.

Thirty-nine of the individuals who traveled to Austin were from Leon County. According to Leon County Commissioner Dean Stanford, his group left at 6:00 a.m. on Tuesday, from Jewett, and was successful in meeting with law and decision makers at the State Capitol.

Stanford said that there remain many legislators “on the fence” and some who know nothing at all about the HSR. Most were receptive to hearing the concerns of those against the High Speed Rail and many who made the visit are ready and willing to go back. Stanford added, “We still have a lot of work to do but Kyle Workman and Texans against High Speed Rail are working hard to get this done.”

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