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Balanced reporting needed on HSR

I‘m a bit disappointed with your reporting on the High Speed Rail meeting. The DEIS is over 5000 pages, I have a copy of it. There is no single route that has been decided upon. The study does not find that zero roads will be closed! There are at least 27 in the Ennis area alone that will need either re-routing or an over/underpass, the current costs of putting in an overpass are approx 1.5 million, so that‘s 40.5 million! Who is paying for that? So property taxes would go up according to your article but what about property values? Who will want to purchase near this rail? What will happen to our thriving community that is so recently rebuilding downtown and trying to attract new businesses and consumers? The train will not stop here, the train will pass us by and the people will catch just a glimpse, perhaps. You imply that only property owners are against this and that is patently false. The other article about the station in Dallas means exactly what to us? You say the Texas Bullet train WILL build it‘s station…as if this is a done deal. Is it? Who exactly is pushing this through and what benefit will it have to the taxpayers when it‘s pretty obvious that a less expensive, quicker option from Dallas to Houston is a flight. Plus this train won‘t even go into Houston, so you‘ll still have to get an Uber or a cab, rent a car etc to get the additional 40 minutes to Houston. So what is the point? Why waste the money? California is already waaaay over budget with half the track built. No taxpayer dollars will be used, that‘s a blatant lie. TSR is already trying to get government loans, last I heard that is taxpayer money. And the best point brought up at the meeting was one of the last speakers, in the DEIS is there a study on demolition costs and impacts if this thing is abandoned in the middle when they run out of money?
I was hoping for a much better job reporting the issues and what occurred at that meeting.
Matina Rose
Ennis, Texas
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