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Top Stories: Today’s The Last Day For Public Comment On The Dallas-To-Houston Bullet Train

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The top local stories this morning from KERA News:

Today's the last day of the public input period on a proposed $15 billion dollar high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston.

Texas Central Partners hopes to break ground on the project next year.

Cities like Dallas and Houston support the project, but the plan's not popular with many landowners and leaders in the eight rural counties along the route. Sheriffs from those counties last week held a news conference to introduce their coalition and to voice concerns about the bullet train.

When the public comment period closes, the Federal Railroad Administration will look into concerns from the public and include all the comments in a final environmental impact statement.

Other stories this morning:

  • Atmos Energy in the past has declined to say how many miles of steel pipe still exist in Dallas because of security concerns, but according to documents obtained by WFAA-TV, more than 400 miles of those pipes are still running under the city as of last June.
  • In our Friday Conversation, we break down the plot lines from Tuesday’s primary election with Ross Ramsey of the Texas Tribune.

You can listen to North Texas stories weekdays at 8:22 a.m. and 6:20 p.m. on KERA 90.1 FM.

Former KERA staffer Krystina Martinez was an assistant producer. She produced local content for Morning Edition and KERANews.org. She also produced The Friday Conversation, a weekly series of conversations with North Texas newsmakers. Krystina was also the backup newscaster for the Texas Standard.