The Oak Forest Homeowners Association strongly encourages Texas Central Railway, and community and elected officials, to focus on alternative routes for the proposed high speed train project between Houston and Dallas.
“Oak Forest, and the surrounding community, has quickly become one of the most desirable neighborhoods in Houston. Building an elevated structure, roughly 40-60 feet tall, directly through our neighborhood, would have a dramatic impact on property values, resident’s quality of life, and the safety of our community,” said Phil Simmons, President of the Oak Forest Homeowners Association.
“While we do not oppose the concept of high speed rail in Texas, there are alternative routes available that just make more sense. With only about 5% of Houston jobs located Downtown, a centrally located area, like Northwest Mall, would be an ideal location for a train terminal. It is located close to all the major Houston business districts, and has the available space to adequately support the infrastructure such a project would require.”
“When you think of an ideal location to build high speed rail, do you envision it through an established, residential area, or do you envision it along existing mass transit corridors? We look forward to working with Texas Central Railway and other community leaders to find some common sense solutions that make this project work for everyone,” Simmons concluded.
Located just outside the 610 Loop, Oak Forest is the third largest subdivision in Harris County and includes over 5,500 homes.