Sheriffs along proposed high speed rail route voice safety concerns

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ANDERSON, Tex. (KBTX) - Sheriffs from counties along the proposed high speed rail say they want to sit down with Texas Central and talk. Thursday, the coalition of sheriffs expressed their concerns on the steps of the Grimes County Courthouse.

KBTX streamed the press conference live on Facebook. You can watch it below.

The coalition expressed their safety concerns of the proposed high speed rail. They feel like they’ve been left in the dark when it comes to Texas centrals plans for the train.

Grimes County Sheriff Don Sowell spoke for the seven other sheriffs. They said their biggest concern is response times to rural parts of their counties. They believe potentially rerouted roads could delay their response to calls and that there may not be enough man power if they need it.

Texas Central said they're happy with the tone of Thursday's press conference, but argue that there will be minimal Impacts to safety.

"We don’t cross roads or will be closing public roads. It will be very, very minimal impact on response," said David Hagey with Texas Central.

The other issue the coalition claimed was not hearing from any Texas central representative until a few weeks go. Texas Central said, for them, this was the appropriate time in the process to reach out.

KBTX will have much more from this press conference on News 3.