Printable Version - High-Speed Rail Public Hearing

January 30, 2018 (5:00 PM - 9:00 PM)

To be held at the Ennis High School, 2301 Ensign Rd, Ennis, TX 75119

Section copied from Legal Notice run in the Ennis Daily News 12/27/17

Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Dallas to Houston High-Speed Rail Project

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of Transportation is issuing this notice to advise the public that it has prepared a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the Dallas to Houston High-Speed Rail (HSR) Project (Project). FRA is the lead federal agency for the environmental review process. Texas Central Railway, a private entity, proposed the Project to construct and operate a fully grade-separated, dedicated double-track, electric powered, highspeed passenger rail service along a 240- mile corridor between Dallas and Houston, Texas. The Project includes stations in Dallas, Grimes County, and Houston.

The Draft EIS presents the Project’s purpose and need, identifies reasonable Build Alternatives (including track alignments, stations, and maintenance facilities), as well as the No Build Alternative, and FRA’s recommendation for a preferred alternative. The document also describes the affected environment, analyzes the potential environmental impacts of the Build Alternatives and the No Build Alternative, and identifies appropriate mitigation measures to minimize the potential environmental impacts.

Written comments on the Draft EIS for the Project should be provided to FRA on or before February 20, 2018. Written comments on the Draft EIS should be sent to Kevin Wright, Environmental Protection Specialist, FRA, at 1200 New Jersey Ave. SE, MS-20, Washington, D.C. 20590, through FRA’s website at https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0700 or via email at kevin.wright@dot.gov or DallasHoustonHSR@urs.com.

Public Hearings: Comments may also be provided orally or in writing at the public hearings scheduled on January 29, 30, 31 and February 5 and 6, 2018 in 10 counties at the times and dates listed below. Before the public hearing presentation begins, an open house will be held to allow for comments, questions and review of project exhibits. FRA and TCR staff will be available to answer questions at that time. The public hearing presentation will begin at 6 pm, followed by a public comment period. 

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