Texas Central Partners is a private, Texas-based company that is developing a high-speed railway to connect Dallas and Houston with a stop-over in Grimes County, directly East of Brazos County. Although still in the planning stages, the promised time to travel between Houston and Dallas on the railway is less than 90 minutes for what would normally be at least a 3.5 hour drive.
What does this mean for Aggieland? With a stop-over planned so close to BCS, the transportation time to and from these major cities would be dramatically reduced. The CEO of Texas Central Partners says a rail line stop will “bring benefits to every community it touches.” A&M students traveling to and from their home towns would be able to use the rail line. Commuting to and from work for those with careers out of town would no longer be as time consuming. It could also create an economic boom in Texas.
Mac Boles, an A&M graduate, believes the rail line would be beneficial for the BCS area because of “boosted public awareness, ease of transport for students, parents, and faculty between the cities, efficient game day transportation, appeal to prospective students — the list goes on.”
Not everyone is on board with the idea of such a rail line though. Many landowners are concerned about a train running through their property. Grimes County Judge, Ben Leman, opposes the train because he thinks it will decrease property values and that it "establishes a dangerous threshold for utilizing eminent domain for the benefit of a private entity for the purpose of making a profit and should not be allowed."
Even though opinions differ on the idea of this railway, there is no doubt that Aggieland would be greatly impacted by its construction.
Posted by Terrence Murphy Sr.