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Wed Oct 17, 2012, 03:21 AM

TxDOT looking at passenger rail along I-35 corridor

High-speed rail, with a long history of unfulfilled dreams in Texas, is getting another long look from the Texas Department of Transportation.

The agency, using almost $9 million in grants from the Obama administration, $1.4 million in TxDOT money and some in-kind services from other governmental entities, has begun a $14 million, two-year study of passenger rail possibilities from Oklahoma City to the Rio Grande. That will include not only high-speed rail, typically defined as train speeds of 125 mph and up, but also the lower-cost possibilities of increasing speeds on Amtrak’s routes in the Interstate 35 corridor.

The study will explore rail as a possible antidote to growing congestion on I-35 and will examine funding options, including public-private partnerships.

“This is to define the parameters of what can be done, and what needs to be done,” Bill Glavin, TxDOT’s rail division director, told the American-Statesman on Tuesday. High-speed rail, he said, “is one of the possibilities of a myriad of possibilities we’ll be examining.”

More at http://www.statesman.com/news/news/txdot-looking-at-passenger-rail-along-i-35-corrido/nSfRD/

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 08:34 AM

1. Let's hope it actually happens this time...

this concept has bubbled to the surface and vanished time and again.

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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 11:25 AM

2. I would love to see it

A state this size could really benefit from high speed rail.



But you just watch the tea party types quash it.

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Response to sonias (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 17, 2012, 12:14 PM

3. Would love

to see it happen but Cintra, Perry, Spain, will try to stop it.

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