Finally, the public may get a chance to learn more about the lofty proposal to build a high-speed rail line from Dallas to Houston by 2021.
Six "public scoping meetings" have been scheduled during the next few weeks, when residents from North Texas to Houston and points between will be invited to ask questions about the proposal, according to Texas Rail Advocates, a group that closely watches rail developments in the Lone Star State.
The project, which would use technology on display in Japan's Tokyo to Osaka line, could reportedly be built with an estimated $10 billion in private funding. A company known as Texas Central Railway is leading the effort, and has initiated a federal environmental impact study. The trains would operate at roughly 205 miles per hour along a 240-mile-long corridor, using railroad and highway right-of-way whenever possible to limit the amount of private land needed for the project.
So whether you hope to someday ride the train or perhaps are skeptical that the project really can be built or just flat don't think it's a good idea, below are some meetings to consider attending. The meetings will all begin with an open house 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by a presentation 6:30 to 7 p.m. and public comments 7 to 8 p.m.
Tuesday, October 21 - Dallas at the Infomart
Wednesday, October 22 - Corsicana at the IOOF Event Center
Thursday, October 23 - Teague at the Teague Community Center
Monday, October 27 - Bryan at The Brazos Center
Tuesday, October 28 - Huntsville at the Veterans Conference Center
Wednesday, October 29 - Houston at the NRG Center