Dallas to Houston High Speed Rail Project Faces Legal and Financing Obstacles and Criticisms

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  • Source: The Texan
  • 10/27/2021
The Texas Supreme Court has granted a motion for rehearing in the eminent domain case, Miles versus Texas Central Railroad. Oral arguments in the case are set for January 11, 2022. In June, the court denied the appeal, but the landowner filed a motion for rehearing in July.

Waller County Judge Trey Duhon, who is also president of Texans Against High-Speed Rail, told The Texan that he is pleased that the Texas Supreme Court has decided to hear the case. “This is an extremely important issue for private property rights in the state of Texas, and we look forward to our day in court,” said Duhon.

“We remain confident that, ultimately, the Texas Supreme Court will conclusively resolve this issue in Texas Central’s favor, agreeing with the Court of Appeals’ well-reasoned decision and concluding that Texas Central qualifies as an entity entitled to use survey and eminent domain authority under the Texas Transportation Code,” Texas Central wrote in a statement to The Texan.

In May 2020, the 13th Texas Court of Appeals ruled that the high-speed rail project from Dallas to Houston can exercise the power of eminent domain because it qualifies as a railroad under Texas law.