On December 15, 2017, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released its Draft Environment Impact Statement (DEIS) for the high-speed train. Among the DEIS highlights are the:

  • Preferred Houston to North Texas route
  • Passenger station locations
  • Environmental impact

The FRA’s analysis, completed after nearly four years of work, provides additional information for the high-speed train’s ongoing planning and design, and it ensures the safety and environmental wellbeing of communities along the 240-mile route. The independent, environmental analysis stems from work by hundreds of experts that reviewed the system’s potential impact on the environment and how to manage it to best protect private property and farmland; natural resources; threatened and endangered species; energy demands; and other conditions. The report also reflects input from thousands of comments by the public, including landowners, community groups, elected officials, and others.

The official public comment period for the DEIS lasts until March 9, 2018. If possible, we would like you to attend one of the meetings below and make a statement during the public comment session; remarks are limited to three minutes and can be as general or specific as you would like. The remaining meeting schedule is:

  • Madison County
    Monday, February 5, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Madisonville High School
    811a S. May St., Madisonville, TX 77864
  • Harris County
    Monday, February 5, 2018, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Woodard Elementary School
    17501 Cypress North Houston Rd., Cypress, TX 77433
  • Grimes County
    Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Navasota Middle School
    1 Rattler Dr., Navasota, TX 77868
  • Waller County
    Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    Waller High School
    20950 Fields Store Rd., Waller, TX 77484

To view the actual DEIS visit https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P1078; go to “Receive Updates – Comments” to the left of that page if you want to comment online.

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