August 9, 2016 - Texas Tribune -
In a rebuke of a private firm’s plans to build a bullet train between Houston and Dallas, local officials in rural southeastern Texas moved Tuesday to restrict high-speed rail development in their corner of the state.
Grimes County commissioners voted unanimously to require high-speed rail developers to acquire a permit and provide sufficient proof of eminent domain authority before building a rail line over county roads, according to Ben Leman, the Grimes County judge.
The requirement could present a new hurdle for Texas Central Partners as it prepares to build a 240-mile, 90-minute bullet train between Houston and Dallas, a controversial project that has pitted urban supporters against rural opponents in counties like Grimes.
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