LCRA Mountain Home Transmission Project

The Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) has proposed a 138 kV transmission line project aimed to bolster the transmission infrastructure of the Texas Hill Country. The Mountain Home Transmission Project will be approximately 20 miles long and will extend between Kerr county and Gillespie county.  The powerline will extend between the existing Hunt Substation and the existing Harper Substation but will require the construction of a new substation in the middle of the route in the community of Mountain Home. 

The Mountain Home project is moving along in the process to be constructed. The PUC has already approved a route for the transmission line and in July 2020, a final order was issued approving the Mountain Home project. A motion for reconsideration of the final route determination was filed at the PUC. After final PUC approval, the next steps for the project are right-of-way and land acquisition.

The PUC approved route with locations of potential Mountain Home Substations

High Speed Rail – Update

This post serves as an update on the High Speed Rail Project.

The Dallas to Houston High-Speed Rail (HSR) System could allow for a 90-minute trip between the two cities, due to a travel speed of up to 205 mph. The HSR would be a “closed” system, which means that the train would not share any intersections with roadways or other train tracks. The HSR will require its own dedicated tracks.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has issued the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Dallas to Houston High Speed Rail (HSR) Project. The draft states that the Speed Railway will use the Japanese N00 Tokaido Shinkansen technology. The proposed system would connect the 240-miles between Dallas and Houston.  

The Draft EIS documents attempt to describe the FRA’s evaluation of the possible environmental impacts of the Project and recommends a preferred alternative from among six Build Alternatives between Dallas and Houston. The FRA will hold 10 public hearings in January and February 2018. The counties and dates of these public hearings are listed as such:

  • Dallas County – January 29, 2018
  • Navarro County – January 29, 2018
  • Ellis County – January 30, 2018
  • Leon County – January 30, 2018
  • Freestone County – January 31, 2018
  • Limestone County – January 31, 2018
  • Harris County – February 5, 2018
  • Madison County – February 5, 2018
  • Waller County – February 6, 2018
  • Grimes County – February 6, 2018

To get more information about the HSR Projects, the government’s website is: