The draft Environmental Impact Statement, released by the U.S. Department of Transportation, doesn't necessarily endorse the so-called Utility Corridor. The U.S. Department of Transportation still has 60 days to hear from the public before a final decision is made at a date undetermined. Ten public hearings will be scheduled in the next two months in the 10 counties affected by the 240-mile, $15 billion project privately funded by Texas Central Partners. Texas Central hopes to begin construction in late 2018 or early 2019, with service beginning in 2023. But the massive report released Friday is still limited in information. After the public comment period, a more detailed environmental study will follow, along with a final record of decision that fills in the big picture. On Friday, Texas Central said it has acquired just 30 percent of the parcels along the proposed route.
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