Texas judges rule bullet train can use eminent domain

By Katie Buehler (June 24, 2022, 10:08 a.m. EDT) — A sharply divided Texas Supreme Court ruled Friday that the developers of a proposed high-speed rail line linking Dallas and Houston had eminent domain authority, giving the The controversial project was given a green light in a ruling a dissenting judge called a “devastating erosion” of property rights for landowners in the state.

In a 5-to-3 decision, the state High Court ruled that Texas Central Railroad & Infrastructure Inc. and Integrated Texas Logistics Inc. are intercity electric rail companies entitled to eminent domain under the Texas Transportation Code. The decision opens the door for private companies to secure property between Dallas and Houston to build the proposed $30 billion…

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