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HSR rebuffs claims

By Mark Warde

Debate for and against the proposed high speed rail continued this week with back and forth volleys between Texas Central Railway and Texans Against High Speed Rail.

A week ago The Ennis Daily News reported the start of a sub-regional planning committee in Eastern Ellis County that opposes the bullet train and its plans to build in this area. Bob Beakley, a farmer in Bardwell, said the group has approximately 100 members attending meetings.

The group is raising funds to counter the claims of Texas Central, whom they believe is being far from honest in promotional ads.

At odds with TAHSR’s statements, as well as other points made by the EDN, Texas Central responded this week by saying they are not “accelerating” any kind of land acquisition efforts.

“The recent filing to the Surface Transportation Board, which regulates new passenger and freight rail lines, is the latest step in the project’s compliance with state and federal regulations,” they said. “This is a known and expected step by those who follow these processes closely.

“This request does not seek to remove protections afforded to landowners under Texas law. It merely clarifies the STB procedures that Texas Central must follow and does not change or override any state landowner protections.”

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