The chorus of voices opposing the proposed high speed rail from Houston to Dallas is growing. Now it’s the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association that’s concerned.
Association member and Navasota resident Tom Haynie owns land between Anderson and Richards that would be affected. He says it’s a matter of accessibility.
He worries you couldn’t even go through the proposed box culverts that would be provided to get from one side of the train to the other on horse back, cause you’d be taller than the culvert. And, he continues, you can’t take your tractor through it. you can’t even take your truck through it. it’ll effectively cut your land in half.
Haynie says that would leave you having to depend on your neighbors just to access all of your land, and while he says he gets along with his neighbors, that just shouldn’t be.
And getting access to his land, Haynie tells Navasota News, would be just the start of the problems caused by trains every half hour.
He can promise you, he says, that these huge metal machines going 205 miles an hour would make a lot of noise. Animals are disturbed by noise, he asserts. And so are the people who would be forced to live close to it.
But Haynie says the bottom line for him is that his land has been in his family for 150 years and he doesn’t want to loose it on his watch.
To learn more about the high speed rail concerns of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, visit tscra.org.