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Congressman Brady Urges FRA to Extend Public Comment Period on High Speed Rail

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Washington, March 18, 2020 | comments

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Kevin Brady (TX-08) released the following statement after sending a letter to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in response to their decision to cancel a public hearing in Navasota, Texas due to COVID-19:

“I appreciate the FRA’s commitment to abiding by CDC guidelines, and our first priority should always be the health and safety of the public. However, replacing in-person public hearings with virtual meetings while our communities continue to respond to the COVID-19 crisis would severely limit input from those who stand to be affected the most by this project.

“I know Administrator Batory is committed to hearing from our rural communities, and I urge him to extend the public comment period and reschedule the in-person hearings for a later date to allow our citizens and local leaders to focus on the welfare of their families and businesses.”


Background:

In JanuaryCongressman Brady secured a commitment from Federal Railroad Administrator Ronald Batory to hold a public hearing to seek landowners and local officials comments in the rural counties impacted by the proposed Texas High Speed Rail. 

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