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Old 09-02-2015, 06:07 PM
 
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North Texas puts up more high-speed rail money | The Star-Telegram


"Also, a company that operates France's national high-speed rail network is exploring possible involvement in Texas bullet trains, and could be interested in focusing on the Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth connection, officials have said."
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Old 09-02-2015, 06:14 PM
 
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High speed rail between Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth is kind of pointless. They're too close together, and no one is going to pay big money to take a train to and from those cities. I'm not even sure why it keeps getting tossed around as a legitimate idea, and I'll be really mad if it screws our chances in getting the Houston-Dallas rail line. The NCTCOG is waisting $4.5 million on this, should have gone to DART or the Cotton Belt Line.
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:16 PM
 
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???? Given the relatively short distances involved, and the idea of making stops along the way, even going at 200+ mph isn't going to shave off more than 20 minutes from what the TRE is doing right now.
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Old 09-02-2015, 07:39 PM
 
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Tex Rail is already designed and the construction is about to start soon. It will be fully operational in 2018. It will connect Downtown Fort Worth to the DFW airport and from there passengers can take DART. Very impressive European looking trains that can go up to 110 mph but I don't think they will run at that speed but still....
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Old 09-03-2015, 09:00 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Still, it's good to see international interest in HSR here.
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Old 09-03-2015, 09:56 AM
 
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Still, it's good to see international interest in HSR here.
Absolutely. Tex Rail vehicles are manufactured in Switzerland.

The Japanese firm who is going to build the Houston-Dallas HSR studied 50 different corridors in the entire country and selected this. Those guys know there stuff and have impeccable safety record. They don't have a single accident in the last 30 years they have been operating in Japan.
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Old 09-03-2015, 11:43 AM
 
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High speed rail between Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth is kind of pointless. They're too close together, and no one is going to pay big money to take a train to and from those cities. I'm not even sure why it keeps getting tossed around as a legitimate idea, and I'll be really mad if it screws our chances in getting the Houston-Dallas rail line. The NCTCOG is waisting $4.5 million on this, should have gone to DART or the Cotton Belt Line.
I think this is the end game for this line. Stand alone it is not really worthwhile but it becomes very important in the overall picture.

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The Dallas-Arlington-Fort Worth line is a standalone project on the high-speed rail group’s planning documents, but it really is “a linchpin, part of a larger system” that includes Houston, Austin and San Antonio, said Erik Steavens, director of the rail division of the state transportation department.
French involvement in Texas high-speed rail? Mais oui! | The Star-Telegram
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Old 09-03-2015, 01:43 PM
 
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^ Exactly.
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Old 09-03-2015, 02:13 PM
 
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Pointless at all. What about when you get off the train? Walk to your destination? There is a lack of public transportation support to the rail system. People still need to drive.
I would prefer a Huston-Dallas one with onsite car-renting system.
You need a car anyway.
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Old 09-03-2015, 02:58 PM
 
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Pointless at all. What about when you get off the train? Walk to your destination? There is a lack of public transportation support to the rail system. People still need to drive.
I would prefer a Huston-Dallas one with onsite car-renting system.
You need a car anyway.
For the Dallas-FW line, if you're not going to either downtown then you would probably drive anyways.

For the Dallas-Houston:

Since the big users of the HSR would be business travelers, then why would they need a rental car?

If you're going to either downtown Houston or Dallas then yes, walk the 15-20 mins to your destination (or you could uber it ($5)/take a cab).

If you have to go to other areas of the city you could hop on the DART Rail lines or TRE to FW and then use an Uber or Cab at your rail stop to get to your final destination (much cheaper and less hassle than renting a car). In DTFW you could rent a bike, walk, uber or cab it to the final destination. However, if you did feel like you really needed a car there are several car rental places within DTD.

Houston has a solid Light Rail System to get you to the Medical District and if this gets approved they may streamline an extension to the galleria. Or, you could rent a cab or uber.

If you are going to visit family out in the suburbs from the city then they could either pick you up, you could take uber/cab or if you had to rent a car you could get one within downtown or take a cheap cab ride to the car rental place.

Small car rental places would be nice to have around the stations for the few who would really need it but it shouldn't be anything like what you find at the airports, the land around the stations is too valuable to put a massive garage for car rental companies.
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