CORPUS CHRISTI – Texas Central, the company that intends to build a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston, won a key legal decision last week.
The Texas 13th District Court of Appeals ruled that Texas Central and its subsidiary, Integrated Texas Logistics, are legally railroads, despite operating no trains yet. This reverses a previous decision by the 87th District Court of Leon County.
The decision by Justice Nora Longoria comes after a four-year court battle waged by landowners along the proposed route in Leon County. The landowners argued that the Texas Central project wasn’t a railroad and therefore didn’t have the rights associated with a railroad, including eminent domain and access to property for surveyors.
The landowners plan to appeal the ruling to the Texas Supreme Court.
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