Originally Posted by brete
The rail relocation fund was supposed to be funded by the feds. At least that what they were telling us in 2005 when it was passed, that's why the legislature didn't fund it in 2005 either.
H.B. 1546 was the bill that created the Rail Relocation and Improvement Fund.
H.J.R. 54 put the authorization of grants of state revenue and issuance of public debt to implement H.B.1546 on the ballot as a constitutional amendment (Proposition 1) as required by the State of Texas Constitution.
11/08/05 Proposition 1 is approved by the voters.
The 05 lege could not have legally funded the bill as it had not been approved by the voters yet.
The 07 lege was now aware that Union Pacific was up to it's old tricks of getting public funds to implement their private business plans. This had been successful in other states, but failed in a few.
If the federal government was expected to pay for it (UP had already failed there numerous times), H.B.1546/H.J.R.54/and Proposition 1, would have been unnecessary.
Point is, the commuter rail is a trojan horse for UP to get what it wants for free or profit at taxpayer expense while appearing to give the public what they have been told they need. While it was a great idea to tie it in to commuter rail, UP appears to have very poor lobbyists as most other big businesses get whatever they want from the TX lege.
Sooner or later UP will get what they want and the commuter train will run, needed or not. Bidness is bidness.