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High Speed Rail in Garden Oaks

Well over 400 concerned citizens attended the meeting with Robert Eckels on 5 January and it was covered by The Leader News, The Examiner and the Houston Business Journal and the following TV stations:

Channel 13 - http://abc13.com/travel/residents-voice-concerns-about-dallas-houston-bullet-train/462706/

Channel 2 - http://www.click2houston.com/news/community-members-express-concerns-over-highspeed-rail-train/30547272

Now we need to make sure that everyone submits comments to the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) by Friday, January 9th, which is the deadline for public comments. The fastest way is to email your letter/comments to michael.johnsen@dot.gov or dallashoustonhsr@urs.com

Linked below are the handouts from the meeting in both a PDF format and as a Word document (which is easier since you can cut and paste):

Sample Comments – these were developed by Super Neighborhoods 22 & 12. These comments can be used to tailor your own comments, which should not be picked up exactly in order to give each comment more weight. In other words, submit a comment(s) that you agree with in your own words.

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FRA Comment Form - Please be as specific as possible. See the above Sample Comments. This form can be mailed or emailed. See the bottom of this form for contact information. Comments to the FRA can continue to be submitted after January 9, but they won't be included in the draft Environmental Impact Study (EIS). That said, once the draft is released (probably in August), another round of public comments will take place.

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Letters to Elected Officials - After submitting your FRA Comment Form, please send a letter to your elected officials. A sample letter is included as well as contact information for a number of elected officials. Comments to elected officials can be sent anytime. However, if a public comment was intended to influence the comment a public official might submit to the FRA, then it should get done by Jan. 9. City Council Member Ellen Cohen has already submitted her comment to the FRA. She is for the high speed train but not going through our neighborhoods.

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Please forward this page and handouts to your neighbors, family and friends. Encourage them to submit their comments. Time is short.

Thank you for your time and interest in this very important issue.

Sheila Briones

President, Garden Oaks Civic Club

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