Conroe, March 21 – It took only thirty-six (36) seconds for the Montgomery County Commissioners Court to discuss and vote unanimously in favor of a Resolution and order opposing high speed rail in Montgomery County or anywhere else in the State of Texas. Precinct 3 Montgomery County Commissioner James Noack authored the Resolution and made the motion, while Precinct 1 County Commissioner Mike Meador seconded the motion.
The agenda item was “Consider, discuss and take action on resolution opposing high speed rail, the use of eminent domain and the crossing or use of county roads to facilitate high speed rail activities in Montgomery County, Texas or anywhere else in the State of Texas.”
Noack explained, “This resolution comes from a request from the Honorable Steve Toth who requested that we take this action.” Toth is the State Representative of District 15 and one of the three members of the Texas House of Representatives from Montgomery County. Toth, Representative Cecil Bell, and Representative Will Metcalf have all authored different legislation pending in the Texas House which opposes high speed rail in one form or another. Senator Brandon Creighton of Conroe has introduced similar legislation in the Texas Senate.
A proposed high speed rail line, which Texas Central Partners, L.L.C., seeks to construct between Dallas and Houston, would take passengers the entire route in approximately 90 minutes. The proposed route would require extensive taking of private property through eminent domain mostly in rural areas between the two major cities. Several farm and commercial development projects in Grimes County, for example, have had to halt as a result of the possible intrusion of the rail line through the intended development properties.
The Commissioners Court’s Resolution and Order follows: