Train To Bypass Montgomery County

High speed rail mapMontgomery County is off the table for high speed rail. The plan is to connect Houston and Dallas via high speed rail. It would make sense to go through Montgomery County.

Texas has traditionally granted private railroad companies the power of eminent domain, according to Kyle Workman, with Texas Against High Speed Rail. However, he added TCR should not be granted that power since he believes the rail is not a traditional rail line. It is being built by a private company with the assistance of the Texas Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration.

The bulk of objections to the project have to do with eminent domain and the status of property taken by the project but not used. California ran into a big mess when they auctioned off unused property, leaving the original owners out in the cold. This project is not supposed to go that way but it is hard to overcome a bad precedent set by California.

Other issues include fear of declining property values and being a money pit subsidized by the taxpayers: “There are no profitable high-speed rail lines in the world,” “They are all heavily taxpayer supported.”

While President of the Texas Central Rail Robert Eckels said the company would help provide millions in property taxes to counties, Workman said amount would not offset the loss in property values of the land affected by the route.

They plan on bypassing Montgomery County to the west. I doubt Conroe or Montgomery will go the way of Cincinnati, TX (check your Texas history). But the bypass may indeed be a loss for the county.

Others still see a way it could go through Tomball and Magnolia.

We will just have to wait and see.

 
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