Eminent Domain Challenges Remain for Dallas to Houston High-Speed Rail Project

While Texas Central's plan to build a high-speed rail link between Houston and Dallas has already dealt with years of opposition from rural communities, big fights over the use of eminent domain have yet to begin.

Read Time: 1 minute

March 10, 2020, 9:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Jesus Jimenez and Nataly Keomoungkhoun report on the remaining legal challenges facing the use of eminent domain powers to clear the way for the Texas High-Speed Rail Train along its 240-mile route between Houston and Dallas. "The proposed route, currently under review by the Federal Railroad Administration, spans 10 counties from the Cedars neighborhood, south of downtown Dallas, to northwest Houston," according to the article.

The project has met the staunchest opposition in the rural areas between the two cities, according to the article (and as documented by Planetizen in 2014 and 2016). Jimenez and Keomoungkhoun document some of the recently political actions by Texans Against High-Speed Rail in Grimes County as well as State Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands)—the latter accusing project developer Texas Central of deception.

As for the headlining concern about eminent domain, Jimenez and Keomoungkhoun report that Texas Central is still waiting on regulatory approvals and permits from the Federal Railroad Administration and the state of Texas that would empower the railroad with the power to seize public property in return for just compensation.

Monday, March 9, 2020 in The Dallas Morning News

Green bike lane with flexible delineators and textures paint in Hoboken, New Jersey

America’s Best New Bike Lanes

PeopleForBikes highlights some of the most exciting new bike infrastructure projects completed in 2022.

January 31, 2023 - PeopleforBikes

Walkable, mixed-use neighborhood in Barcelona, Spain

Conspiracy Theorists Discover the 15-Minute City

USA Today debunks the false claim that the United Nations’ call for enabling 15-minute cities is a coded plan to institute ‘climate change lockdowns.’

February 8, 2023 - USA Today

Aerial view of MBTA commuter rail station in Concord, Massachusetts among green trees

Massachusetts Zoning Reform Law Reaches First Deadline

Cities and towns had until January 31 to submit their draft plans for rezoning areas near transit stations to comply with a new state law.

February 1, 2023 - Streetsblog Mass

Washington

Washington Could Legalize Single-Staircase Buildings

Supporters of ‘point access blocks,’ which are common in Europe and other parts of the world, say the design maximizes living space and lowers the cost of construction.

February 8 - The Urbanist

View of downtown San Francisco from top of windy street at sunset with Coit Tower in distance

San Francisco Housing Plan Gets State Approval

The city cleared a major hurdle as its housing plan, which paves the way for 82,000 new homes by 2030, is certified by the state.

February 8 - KALW

Green Line, Los Angeles

Rail Transit Plans Would Connect L.A.’s South Bay to the Regional Rail System

Two new transit extensions promise several new routes for South Bay residents to access the Los Angeles region’s transit system.

February 8 - The Source