As the Texas Legislature completes its regular session, work on the bullet train remains at high speed. We have not and will not slow down the progress being made every day. That work now only intensifies, and we are ever more passionate about it.
I again wanted to salute everyone who contributed to all the hard work done in Austin on so many important topics, including transportation. The intense 140-day session requires much dedication and sacrifice. Our congratulations to Speaker Joe Straus, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott for thier accomplishments this session, including passage of two bills concerning the bullet train.
You have heard me say it before, the Texas Bullet Train is the right project being done the right way at the right time. We took time in the Capitol to share details of the project with lawmakers, their staff and leaders from across the state, focusing on doing it the right way – the “Texas Way.”
The “Texas Way” means this project will be the SAFEST way to travel in the world, built and operated based on data-driven decisions from free market principles and no state appropriations. The two bills that were approved are rooted in that – safety and fiscal responsibility.
Texas is proving again to be a leader in transportation, and the Railroad is proud to be a part of that. The Texas Bullet Train remains a key tool in the state’s infrastructure tool box as a safe, reliable and environmentally friendly option that efficiently will move our growing population.
As Senate bills 977 and 975 become law, we credit the speaker, lieutenant governor and governor for their leadership and support of fiscal conservatism and safety, as well as the bill authors – Senators Birdwell and Schwertner and Representatives Ashby and Schubert.
We look forward to our continued work with the Department of Homeland Security, the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Texas Department of Public Safety and other government and law enforcement agencies as the system’s safety and security plan moves ahead.
Texans on the bullet train will be riding on the safest, most technologically advanced system in the world. Partnerships with these agencies ensure that.
With the regular legislative session behind us, we look forward to announcing new milestones as we achieve them. Thank you again for your support.