Texas High Speed Rail
As it stands right now, the proposed Houston to Dallas High Speed Rail project will go right through District 135.
The question that needs to be answered is how is this project being funded?
The champions and owners of this project will proclaim that it is 100% privately funded. If this were the case, fine. Free markets rule.
However, I do not believe this will be the case.
- The billions of dollars required to complete this project will very likely be paid for by tax dollars or by taxpayer backed loans. Tax money should not be used to support a private business, ever.
- This "private" company is getting access to publicly owned right of ways and government land. Government shouldn't own land in the first place and then be allowed to provide that land to a private entity.
- The project will also likely use government eminent domain to seize private property. Government should NEVER seize legally obtained, and owned, private property and then provide that property to a private company.
For these reasons, I will oppose the high speed rail project regardless of its location in Cypress/Jersey Village or other. Taxpayers should not be funding this private project nor allowing and encouraging the use of eminent domain to seize land in support of it.
Besides all the reasons above, it has already been stated that round trip tickets on this train will be equivalent to airfare (approximately $350-$400 per round trip or $199 one way). I am not convinced this will entice many people in either Dallas or Houston to buy this ticket instead of drive.
Finally, does Cypress and Jersey Village really want a high speed train blowing through the community at 150 mph+ every 10 minutes from 5:30AM to late evening? I say not.