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Statement from SNCF America, Inc. Regarding Texas Central Partners, LLC Loan Announcement
News Release
Tuesday, September 18, 2018

AUSTIN – SNCF America, Inc. releases the following statement in response to recent reports that Texas Central Partners, LLC has secured a $300 million loan from two Japanese-government entities to pay for the continued development of its proposed Dallas-to-Houston high-speed rail project. The debt holders of the new loan are the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) [1] and the Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Corporation for Transport & Urban Development (JOIN)[2]. JOIN previously made an equity investment in Texas Central Partners, LLC of $40 million in 2015[3].

Scott Dunaway, spokesperson for SNCF America, stated “Texas Central Partners comes clean on its empty promise of private funding led by Texas investors. Now Japanese taxpayer funds are being loaned to finance the planned Dallas to Houston rail. Two Japanese-government agencies are supporting an attempt to corner the market with technology that lacks interoperability and creates a monopoly on the future of Texas high-speed rail. This project is right for Japanese companies subsidized by Japanese taxpayers and wrong for Texas. Nowhere in the world have high-speed rail projects become reality without government participation. The flawed design of this particular project will likely eliminate future rail service along the Interstate-35 growth corridor for generations. Texans must regain control of the high-speed transportation policy debate in the state and thoughtfully consider alternative planning.”

[1] “As JBIC has its shares wholly owned by the Government of Japan, it is subject to the control of the Japanese government, its sole shareholder.” retrieved September 12, 2018.

[2] JOIN is 87% owned by the Government of Japan. retrieved September 12, 2018.

[3] TCRH is a wholly owned subsidiary of Texas Central Partners, LLC, into which JOIN made equity investment in an amount of USD 40 million. retrieved September 13, 2018.


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