Texas Lawmakers Seek to Kill High-Speed Rail

Opponents of a high-speed rail line in Texas are trying a different tactic to thwart the project.

Some two dozen state lawmakers have written to the U.S. Department of Transportation to ask it to kill the project.

Their letter contends that Texas Central Partners lacks the financial resources and expertise needed to continue with the project.

“To proceed otherwise would be an inexcusable waste of taxpayer dollars and jeopardizes the integrity of the rule-making process at the Federal Railroad Administration,” the letter said.

The FRA is currently reviewing the project and Texas Central expects to receive approval this year for a rule of particular applicability that would allow it to operate on shared right of way with freight railroads.

Some Texas lawmakers have opposed the project from the start but have failed in their efforts to ban it in the state legislature.

Texas Central has proposed building a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston.

In an unrelated development, construction work continues in California on building a high-speed rail line in the central region of the state.

However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, some work methods have changed.

Workers have engaged in social distancing by holding smaller safety meetings each day and where possible increasing the physical distance between workers.

Workers also have been allowed to take voluntary furloughs, or leave on a given day if they feel unsafe about possible exposure from a co-worker.

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