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Front Page February 6, 2018  RSS feed

High speed rail meeting draws a crowd at Leon school

By Mac Shadix


Bob Christian from Marquez listens as Texas Central right of way Agent Dan Leven discusses right of way issues. On the right, interested citizen, Rhonda Foreman from Robbins follows the discussion. Photo by Mac Shadix Bob Christian from Marquez listens as Texas Central right of way Agent Dan Leven discusses right of way issues. On the right, interested citizen, Rhonda Foreman from Robbins follows the discussion. Photo by Mac Shadix A crowd estimated at over 283 people attended a meeting at Leon School auditorium on January 30, 2018. The meeting that began at five pm was held by the EPA and the Federal Railroad Commission for citizen comment on the newly released draft environmental impact statement.

39 speakers signed up to comment on the project that would take rural Texas land from unwilling landowners. The local residents seemed to be uniformly against the project.

Early speakers were Jim and Barbara Miles and County Judge Byron Ryder. Jim Miles commented, “This is not fair, not right. This has been three years in development and is thousands of pages and we only have days to prepare to debate it.”

Texans against High Speed Rail President Kyle Workman told the crowd that the EPA can not grant approval to Texas Central. He challenged Texas Central to a public debate.

Citizens had a chance to have their say, and the project proceeds towards an eventual decision.


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