THE BULLET TRAIN ISSUE

Texas Central High-Speed Railway, a private Texas Company, is working to bring high-speed rail between Dallas and Houston.  The train can travel up to 205 miles and hour and will be capable of bringing people from Houston to Dallas in 90 minutes.  In October 2014 KPC staff attended public scoping meetings where the proposers of the high-speed rail line discussed the project and invited public comment.  We learned that nine possible routes had been considered, but only two were selected for further study.  One of the routes proposed for further study appears to be a little over one-half mile east of KPC's Warren Ranch, a 6,500-acre working cattle ranch.  KPC is investigating how the bullet train will impact our conservation lands but we are already concerned about noise (the train will run every 30 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.) and access issues as the train may bisect working farms and ranches.  In addition at least 100 miles of the 240-mile route will be elevated.  People who live in 11 counties (Harris, Waller, Montgomery, Dallas, Ellis, Freestone, Grimes, Leon, Limestone, Madison, and Navarro Counties) may be impacted.