81st Texas Legislature, Regular Session, Senate Bill 1540, Chapter 85 Page: 49 of 126
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2 Co;dei i V.A.C.S. Art. 6550c Sec. 5(a) (part).)
3 Sec. 172.003. FINDINGS. The legislature finds that:
4 (1) the state contains many rural areas that are
5 heavily dependent on agriculture for economic survival;
6 (2) transportation of agricultural and industrial
7 products is essential to the continued economic vitality of rural
9 (3) the rail transportation systems in some rural
!10 areas are threatened by railroad bankruptcies and abandonment
11 proceedings that would cause the cessation of rail services to the
13 (4) it is in the interest of all citizens of the state
14 that existing rail systems be maintained for the most efficient and
15 economical movement of essential agricultural products from the
16 areas of production to the local, national, and export markets;
17 - (5 rural rail transportation districts are
18 appropriatee political subdivisions to provide for the continued
19 operation of railroads, which are declared by Section 2, Article X,
201 Txas Constitution, to be public highways;
21 (6) the creation, re-creation, financing,
22, tenancy, and operation of rural rail transportation districts
22 a1 ijntenance, an operation.
23 and facilities acquired by the districts under this chapter will
24 help develop, maintain, and diversify the economy of the state,
25. eliminate unemployment or underemployment, foster the growth of
26 enterprises based on agriculture, and serve to develop and expand
27 transportation and commerce within the state under the authority
S.B. No. 1540
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Texas. Legislature. Senate. 81st Texas Legislature, Regular Session, Senate Bill 1540, Chapter 85, legislative document, May 20, 2009; [Austin, Texas]. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth310917/m1/49/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.