Public hearing dates set for high speed rail project in Texas

Ten public hearings have been scheduled in January and February 2018 for areas that would be affected by a proposed high speed train that would connect Houston to Dallas with a stop in Grimes County near Roans Prairie.

Earlier this month, the Federal Railroad Administration released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the project planned by Texas Central Partners. The report goes into great detail the impacts the project could have along its suggested route.

You can read the entire report by clicking here.

A public comment period is currently underway and will end on February 20, 2018.

"We will respectfully follow this public consultation process to ensure legitimate concerns from all stakeholders are addressed," said Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar.

Click here to leave your comments and feedback online.

The release of the draft marks a major step toward getting federal clearance for the project. While it provides a clearer picture of the expected route, the path could slightly change in some areas as development and federal oversight continues.

Representatives from Texas Central and the Federal Railroad Administration will be available at each of the public hearings.

Dallas County, Monday, January 29, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wilmer-Hutchins High School, 5520 Langdon Rd, Dallas, TX 75241.

Navarro County, Monday, January 29, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Corsicana Middle School, 4101 FM 744, Corsicana, TX 75110.

Ellis County, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Ennis High School, 2301 Ensign Rd, Ennis, TX 75119.

Leon County, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Leon High School, 12168 US 79, Jewett, TX 75846.

Limestone County, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Mexia High School, 1120 N Ross Ave, Mexia, TX 76667.

Freestone County, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Fairfield High School, 630 Post Rd, Fairfield, TX 75840.

Madison County, Monday, February 5, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Truman Kimbro Convention Center, 111 W Trinity St, Madisonville, TX 77864.

Harris County, Monday, February 5, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Woodard Elementary School, 17501 Cypress North Houston Rd, Cypress, TX 77433.

Grimes County, Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Navasota Junior High School, 9038 Highway 90 South, Navasota, TX 77868.

Waller County, Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Waller High School, 20950 Fields Store Rd, Waller, TX 77484.