Important Information on a Proposed High-Speed Rail for the Oak Forest Area!
Texas Central Railway (TCR) is working to bring a high-speed rail to Texas by constructing a rail line connecting Houston to Dallas. One of the routes TCR is looking at is the BNSF railroad line which runs down 34th street and goes through Oak Forest. The Federal Railway Administration (FRA) is currently conducting an Environmental Impact Study (EIS) on this project. Any and all comments regarding alternative routes for the rail, station locations, as well as any significant social, economic, environmental, and safety concerns should be submitted to the FRA.
The FRA/TxDOT had 12 public scoping meetings in different cities along the proposed routes to gather comments for the EIS. The last meeting that was the closest one for our area was held on Wednesday, December 3rd in Tomball. Here is a link to the slide presentation from that meeting: http://dallashoustonhsr.com/public-involvement/public-meetings/public-scoping-meetings/ .
Since the FRA/TxDOT meetings were not well advertised, local neighborhood groups have organized two more community meetings (town halls) regarding the high-speed rail so residents can voice any concerns about the project and have their questions answered. The first meeting will be a community meeting/town hall that Super Neighborhood 22 (SN22) is hosting. The meeting will be Thursday, December 18 at 6:00 at the Houston Council on Alcohol and Drugs, 303 Jackson Hill St, Houston, TX 77007. SN22 has scheduled city officials and other speakers to discuss this project at the meeting. Central NW Super Neighborhood (SN12), which encompasses Oak Forest, has scheduled another community meeting/town hall which is set for Monday, January 5, 2015 at Lutheran High North, 1130 West 34th Street, at 6:30 p.m. Elected leaders and other speakers have been invited to attend this meeting as well.
The public comment period for this project ends January 9th. If you want to provide a comment regarding this project, your comments can be mailed or emailed to Nancy Gates. Here is her contact information:
P.O. Box 201088 Austin, Texas 78720-1088
Michael Johnsen is the Lead Environmental Protection Specialist. If you would like to provide him with your comments on the proposed rail, his contact information is:
Lead Environmental Protection Specialist Federal Railroad Administration,
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, MS-20 Washington, DC 20590
Please plan on attending one, or both, of the two upcoming meetings to become better informed on a project that will affect our neighborhood.
To fill out a public comment form please click here: FRA_Comment_Form(1)
To download this information in .pdf click here: Rail Web Statement 2014
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