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(WFAA Fort Worth)   Texas Supreme Court rules that land snatching to build a rail line is legal. Heddy Lamar seen gloating in the governor's office. That's HEDLEY!   (wfaa.com) divider line
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2022-06-26 11:40:58 PM  
That's Hedley.
 
2022-06-27 12:15:15 AM  
It's texas, I assume they're just going to zig-zag through minority-owned properties somehow.
 
2022-06-27 12:44:03 AM  
I'll bet small government, leave me alone conservative Texans will love that.
 
2022-06-27 1:58:35 AM  
Land... land... "Land: see Snatch"
 
2022-06-27 3:28:43 AM  
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What are you complaining about?! You can sue her!
 
2022-06-27 3:59:34 AM  
I would have assumed that Kelo v. City of New London would have settled this years ago?
 
2022-06-27 3:59:45 AM  
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Don't know, got to do with where choo choo go.
 
2022-06-27 4:00:38 AM  
Are we also allowed to stampede cattle...through the Vatican?
 
2022-06-27 4:07:37 AM  
Oh, this should end well.
 
2022-06-27 4:09:38 AM  
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A high speed bullet train between Dallas and Houston is a great idea, and of course it requires eminent domain acquisition of land. The sad thing is that Texas will probably require that it burn coal.
 
2022-06-27 4:13:17 AM  

wademh: [Fark user image image 759x157]

A high speed bullet train between Dallas and Houston is a great idea, and of course it requires eminent domain acquisition of land. The sad thing is that Texas will probably require that it burn coal.


Manchin wouldn't authorize the release of infrastructure funds to fund the train line without coal powering the electricity to run the train, so it will be a coal powered electric train.
 
2022-06-27 4:15:26 AM  

Hagbard_C: Are we also allowed to stampede cattle...through the Vatican?


Kinky!
 
2022-06-27 4:17:32 AM  
Where are the white women at?
 
2022-06-27 4:28:06 AM  
I didn't get a "harrumph" outta that guy

/harrumph
 
2022-06-27 4:28:18 AM  
Sorry boys, the Constitution doesn't say you have a right to own real estate.
 
2022-06-27 4:47:35 AM  
Halley 7, United States 0

/"land, land, land...see 'snatch'"
 
2022-06-27 4:53:07 AM  
"Work, work, work ...!"
 
2022-06-27 5:02:11 AM  

puffy999: It's texas, I assume they're just going to zig-zag through minority-owned properties somehow.


Properties which the owners will be forced to sell at the price determined by the company's appraisers.
 
2022-06-27 5:18:05 AM  

Gordon Bennett: puffy999: It's texas, I assume they're just going to zig-zag through minority-owned properties somehow.

Properties which the owners will be forced to sell at the price determined by the company's appraisers.


The company:

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2022-06-27 5:30:49 AM  
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2022-06-27 5:33:58 AM  
You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West.
 
2022-06-27 5:52:29 AM  

Be polite walk on the right: I didn't get a "harrumph" outta that guy

/harrumph


You watch your ass!

But since I'm the first to mention it, this is about a bullet train project.

Which is the best phrasing we could possibly have to get Texans behind it.
 
2022-06-27 5:54:11 AM  
Well, second to mention it... Since wademh beat me to it.
 
2022-06-27 6:10:28 AM  
Eminent domain is one of the positives of the 2nd amendment. Kill coming to steal your property and let God sort it out.
 
2022-06-27 6:13:28 AM  
I live in Dallas, it would be cool to get to Austin in an hour for $50 or so. I'm have no reason to go to Houston though. However, if Texas beats California to an operational high speed rail line I would be pleased.

/can't rtfa because I'm out of the country
 
2022-06-27 6:18:27 AM  

DoctorCal: You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West.


You know - morons.
 
2022-06-27 6:26:02 AM  
To be fair, they were all about it for the border wall too. Texas loves eminent domain when it isn't their land.
 
Xai
2022-06-27 6:34:42 AM  
I have to agree with this decision, I.mean this is exactly the same as building a highway, you have to be able to take the land otherwise some guy is going to buy a 2ft wide strip across where you want to build the road and demand a billion dollars.

I mean it's just common sense.
 
2022-06-27 6:39:12 AM  
In older real estate sales days, I had an unfortunate buyer. Was eminent domained out of his property in Vegas, highway thing. Found him a perfect place for him. 6 months later, he was domained again. He decided to rent,lol
 
2022-06-27 6:41:07 AM  

Xai: I have to agree with this decision, I.mean this is exactly the same as building a highway, you have to be able to take the land otherwise some guy is going to buy a 2ft wide strip across where you want to build the road and demand a billion dollars.

I mean it's just common sense.


If you were really using common sense, you'd realize that any sane court would tell the guy wanting a billion for a 2 ft strip of land to fark off.

But since this is Texas, and anything benefiting the public-at-large won't survive a legislative sneeze... This project was dead upon conception.
 
2022-06-27 6:44:11 AM  

LL316: Eminent domain is one of the positives of the 2nd amendment. Kill coming to steal your property and let God sort it out.


Which is pretty much what would happen sooner or later in Texass.
 
2022-06-27 6:54:21 AM  

wademh: [Fark user image image 759x157]

A high speed bullet train between Dallas and Houston is a great idea, and of course it requires eminent domain acquisition of land. The sad thing is that Texas will probably require that it burn coal.


FRA has already approved the use of Japanese trains and saftey systems.

Of all the HSR projects going on in the country, this is the one that has the best chance of actually working.

And passenger rail lines is kind of exactly what eminent domain is supposed to be used for.

I have now defended Texas twice in the same post so I need to go buy a lottery ticket.
 
2022-06-27 7:05:19 AM  

Rent Party: wademh: [Fark user image image 759x157]

A high speed bullet train between Dallas and Houston is a great idea, and of course it requires eminent domain acquisition of land. The sad thing is that Texas will probably require that it burn coal.

FRA has already approved the use of Japanese trains and saftey systems.

Of all the HSR projects going on in the country, this is the one that has the best chance of actually working.

And passenger rail lines is kind of exactly what eminent domain is supposed to be used for.

I have now defended Texas twice in the same post so I need to go buy a lottery ticket.


Hey, don't forget that your average 18 year old would be able to open-carry an AR-15 on that train. And you don't know if he's a gun nut, or just your garden-variety homicidal nut.
 
2022-06-27 7:14:36 AM  
I'm sorry folks, there must be some sort of confusion.  This is a a rail line to ensure ammunition is delivered quickly and safely between Dallas and Houston and not for carrying any passengers.
 
2022-06-27 7:15:46 AM  

DogParkSniper: Rent Party: wademh: [Fark user image image 759x157]

A high speed bullet train between Dallas and Houston is a great idea, and of course it requires eminent domain acquisition of land. The sad thing is that Texas will probably require that it burn coal.

FRA has already approved the use of Japanese trains and saftey systems.

Of all the HSR projects going on in the country, this is the one that has the best chance of actually working.

And passenger rail lines is kind of exactly what eminent domain is supposed to be used for.

I have now defended Texas twice in the same post so I need to go buy a lottery ticket.

Hey, don't forget that your average 18 year old would be able to open-carry an AR-15 on that train. And you don't know if he's a gun nut, or just your garden-variety homicidal nut.


That line will probably have a stop at the college, so he is just going to class, man.
 
2022-06-27 7:19:05 AM  
what if Texas simply bored a tunnel between Dallas and Houston? Vacuum seal it, stuff a maglev train inside and no need to seize any land. Simple and elegant.
 
2022-06-27 7:20:03 AM  
I wonder if they will use the WI GOP plan to kill it, or if they'll come up with their own f__kery.
 
2022-06-27 7:29:16 AM  
Build an underground hyperloop. From what I understand most Texans don't own more that a few feet deep in their property. That's sold separately, because oil companies made the rules.
 
2022-06-27 7:30:33 AM  

schnee: what if Texas simply bored a tunnel between Dallas and Houston? Vacuum seal it, stuff a maglev train inside and no need to seize any land. Simple and elegant.


There too much oil and gas at stake to do that.
 
2022-06-27 7:32:10 AM  

EvilEgg: Build an underground hyperloop. From what I understand most Texans don't own more that a few feet deep in their property. That's sold separately, because oil companies made the rules.


The latter sounds realistic.

I heard years ago that the heavy equipment from the oil companies was tearing up Texas highways.  Rather than bill the oil companies or raise taxes, they were just going to make those highways officially 'gravel roads', so no money needed to be spent.
 
2022-06-27 7:33:23 AM  

schnee: what if Texas simply bored a tunnel between Dallas and Houston? Vacuum seal it, stuff a maglev train inside and no need to seize any land. Simple and elegant.


Texas subsoil is notoriously clay-heavy and unstable.  Most houses don't have basements because there's too much shifting.
 
2022-06-27 7:40:04 AM  

chasd00: I live in Dallas, it would be cool to get to Austin in an hour for $50 or so. I'm have no reason to go to Houston though. However, if Texas beats California to an operational high speed rail line I would be pleased.

/can't rtfa because I'm out of the country


It wouldn't be quite that short of a trip because the train doesn't read at top speed the whole time, and on that route, would likely make a stop in Waco. And no way that it would cost $50.
 
2022-06-27 7:54:57 AM  

Jurodan: I would have assumed that Kelo v. City of New London would have settled this years ago?


It settles any possible ambiguity (if this future rail corridor were to be privatized, though it sounds like it'll be TxDOT owned).  But, states used eminent domain for (privately held) rail corridors for 150 years before Kelo.  And canals, bridges and turnpikes before that.
 
2022-06-27 8:04:59 AM  
Well it's Texas, so it's always been the case that you only have property rights until someone with more money decides on a whim they want to violate those rights. It's a conservative state and in conservative states your rights are always subject to the whims of the wealthy because they worship stuff like class and money.
 
2022-06-27 8:08:02 AM  
30 billion.  I hope someone a shiat load of dimes
 
2022-06-27 8:11:32 AM  

schnee: what if Texas simply bored a tunnel between Dallas and Houston? Vacuum seal it, stuff a maglev train inside and no need to seize any land. Simple and elegant.


Dude wants to build simple and elegant tunnels in Houston.

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2022-06-27 8:16:45 AM  

wingnut396: schnee: what if Texas simply bored a tunnel between Dallas and Houston? Vacuum seal it, stuff a maglev train inside and no need to seize any land. Simple and elegant.

Dude wants to build simple and elegant tunnels in Houston.

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Elon told me surface weather doesn't effect tunnels.
 
2022-06-27 8:19:36 AM  
I like the idea of riding trains instead of flying.  I recently took the train from Amsterdam to Paris.  Great stuff. Go on the train in the city city, got off in the city center.  Short cab ride to your VRBO place.   Lovely time on the train conversing with our travelling companions.

The texas money train leaves outside of downtown Dallas and gets you to about 30min to 1 hour (traffic dependant) from downtown Houston.  Even longer to the Medical Center/Football stadium.  There is no decent transit route to where the money train dumps you off when you get to Houston, so you need to rent a car or a cab/rideshare.  At this time there are no solid plans to expand bit of rail that Houston has the high speed station.

I don't know about the Dallas end and if you can easily connect to the DART to get around Dallas.

Maybe this will drive more people to want better mass transit in Houston, but I doubt it.  I suspect it will be a small station with a huge parking lot that will be cost about the same as an air ticket and in the end offer just a marginally better experience than flying, especially if you are a TSA precheck customer.
 
2022-06-27 8:20:17 AM  

wademh: [Fark user image image 759x157]

A high speed bullet train between Dallas and Houston is a great idea, and of course it requires eminent domain acquisition of land. The sad thing is that Texas will probably require that it burn coal.


The idea that the usefulness of the project doesn't matter to an eminent domain decision is so monumentally stupid I don't know where to start.
 
2022-06-27 8:22:12 AM  

EvilEgg: wingnut396: schnee: what if Texas simply bored a tunnel between Dallas and Houston? Vacuum seal it, stuff a maglev train inside and no need to seize any land. Simple and elegant.

Dude wants to build simple and elegant tunnels in Houston.

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Elon told me surface weather doesn't effect tunnels.


The tunnels may in truth be fine, but they don't do much good if you can't get people in/out of them.

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