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High Speed Rail tactics termed nefarious

By Mark Warde

Marty Hiles shared an update on what he termed the nefarious actions of Texas Central Railway in their bid to take property from area landowners to pave the way for a high-speed train he referred to as a monstrosity.

The ex-Marine, whose career has been spent as an advocate and lobbyist for veterans’ issues, spoke in Waxahachie to the Ellis County Republican Women Tuesday night.

Hiles is a spokesman for Texans Against High Speed Rail. During the meeting he listed case in point examples of TCR threatening farmers, ranchers and longtime residents with short notice court dates in an effort to gain access to surveying land.

“They condemn your land, and can claim up to a mile or two on either side of the proposed railway location,” he said. “The purpose is to use your property as collateral, then take its dirt to build an elevated track bed, and, if there is water – to use it to make concrete.

“It will be an environmental disaster,” he added, “to a county that brings in $190 million annually in agriculture. It’s a monstrosity.”

Ellis County, called by some a serene area for residents where the land is tilled and dominated by agriculture, has awakened to resist plans for a Dallas to Houston bullet train.

Hiles cited the counties in-between the nation’s ninth and fourth largest cities whose elected officials are against the TCR, starting with Ellis County Judge Carol Bush, and the county commissioners. “I tell you, between Dallas and Houston, nobody supports this.”

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