Report: Bullet train hub could net 124 full time jobs in Grimes County

ROANS PRAIRIE, Tex. (KBTX) - A report for the Federal Railroad Administration says a hub in Roans Prairie for the proposed high-speed bullet train connecting Houston to Dallas could net 124 full time jobs for Grimes County.

In the Draft Environmental Impact Statement released on Friday, the Federal Railroad Administration suggested a path with the least environmental impact along the proposed train's route. That path would put the train's solo-stop at a hub near State Highway 30 at State Highway 90 in Roans Prairie between Huntsville and College Station.

KBTX went to the community on Monday for reaction.

"This intersection is pretty busy, but for a small intersection out in the middle of nowhere there's a lot of traffic so that will increase I'm sure," said Bubba Wright, who works in Roans Prairie.

Michael Boucek is from Arlington, but regularly travels through Roans Prairie to visit family. He doesn't think it's the best location for the train stop.

"They should put it closer to College Station. If it's going to handle College Station business put it in College Station rather than ruining county roads," said Boucek.

Boucek also owns land in Leon County and has been contacted by Texas Central.

"We're not selling it. They'll have to condemn us," said Boucek

Property rights is why Grimes County Commissioner Precinct 2 David Dobyanski opposes the train.

"I don't see it happening. It's not going to be viable because their ridership is projected that it's people who are flying and many many more and if you look at that ridership it's just not going to happen," said Dobyanski.

Others along the route are very pleased. Records show Texas Central already has a majority, more than half, of the land options needed from Grimes County landowners for the parcels needed.

This Dallas to Houston HSR Project EIS is being made available to the public in accordance with NEPA. Visit the Federal Railroad Administration website, where you can:

• View and download the Draft EIS
• Provide comments on the Draft EIS
• Find information on dates and locations of Draft EIS public information hearings
• Locate a library near you to review a hard copy of the Draft EIS.

Click here to access the report.

The comment period begins on Friday, December 22, 2017 and will close on Tuesday, February 20, 2018. Comments may be mailed to Kevin Wright at FRA or submitted through the FRA website.

Printed copies have been provided at a number of repositories throughout the Project area, including at main libraries in the following cities and communities:

Leon County
Buffalo Public Library: 1005 Hill Street, Buffalo, Texas 75831
(903) 322-4146

Madison County
Madison County Library: 605 S May Street, Madisonville, Texas 77864
(936) 348-6118

Grimes County
Navasota Public Library Central Library: 1411 E Washington Avenue, Navasota, Texas 77868
(936) 825-6744

Waller County
Waller County Library Central Library: 2331 11th Street, Hempstead, Texas 77445
(979) 826-7658

Ten public hearings are also planned in each of the counties along the train's route. Details of those public hearings are still being worked out.