Impacted Landowners Tell Their Stories About Working With The Texas Bullet Train Project

Nancy Beddingfield is a landowner from Jewett, TX in Leon County. She discusses her positive land option experience with the Texas Bullet Train representatives and compares it to similar experiences she’s had in the past.

Terry Sanders is an impacted landowner from Plantersville, TX in Grimes County.  He was initially against the project but had a change of heart after realizing the positive impact the Bullet Train could have on the lives of his fellow Texans. (Also, see this Interview from KBTX with Terry) 

From the start, Texas Central pledged to engage in personalized, open and collaborative discussions with impacted landowners — listening to concerns, outlining the project’s benefits and answering questions. So far, Texas Central has hosted more than 30 public meetings throughout the 10 counties, allowing for additional individual conversations with project leadership and subject matter experts.

Dialogue with landowners engaged in the Land Option Program negotiations are all unique and personalized to each landowner’s needs and concerns. So far, this approach has yielded great results;

  • Land Option Program agreements have been reached in all 10 counties along the Bullet Train corridor
  • Option agreements are in place for about 30 percent of parcels estimated to be needed for entire project, and the list is growing every day.
  • Option agreements have been reached for 50 percent of the parcels for the proposed route in Waller and Grimes counties. (Grimes County is the site of the Brazos Valley Passenger Station)
  • 3,000 families and businesses signed letters giving surveyors access as part of the project’s ongoing environmental review.

But these are more than just fancy numbers to go on a press release.  Landowners really are being treated fairly and with respect. And graciously, a couple of impacted landowners decided to publicly share their stories with us — and you! Please take a moment to see to their stories in their own words.