It Will Take More Than $75 Million to Build High-Speed Rail without Power of Eminent Domain


Texas Condemnation

Despite its recent funds, the company behind the contentious high-speed passenger rail line between Houston and Dallas may not succeed without the use of eminent domain – a power reserved for takings that serve the public interest.

Texas Central, the company working on developing a high-speed passenger rail line between Houston and Dallas, announced the procurement of $75 million in funding for the project and the hiring of a new CEO last week. This funding will certainly help Texas Central take the next steps needed to develop the rail line, but the company’s efforts may be in vain if it cannot use eminent domain to secure the land needed for the project. Some have even said that the line cannot succeed without eminent domain.

Graphic courtesy of The Dallas Morning News Photo courtesy of The Dallas Morning News

The company recently avoided roadblocks set in place by Texas legislatures, some of whom aimed to prevent the company…

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