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Old 08-21-2012, 03:16 PM
 
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High-speed train could one day connect San Antonio to Austin | kvue.com Austin

I am 100% in support of this.

This would make it easier to live or work in either city. In my opinion this will help in the eventual combining of their markets.

Every day, thousands of people travel between Austin and San Antonio, but not without usually running into some sort of traffic.

"But with the high-speed vision still years away from reality, little else is known about the company’s plan. The project would be privately funded, and that makes some taxpayers like the idea even more."

The first phase would link Dallas and Houston possibly by 2020. The 2nd phase would be Austin/SA.

Lets hope this gets pushed through!
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Old 08-22-2012, 09:34 AM
 
Location: West Des Moines, IA
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I'd definitely like this! We'd be the only place in the USA with bullet trains, aka "shinkansen." When I lived in Japan, I rode on the JR company's trains all the time, and they're fantastic. This would of course have to be well-integrated with the public transit in each of the major cities for it to work. Houston's building out their rail a good bit, and Dallas has a decent rail network already. Austin's got one line and 2 planned, and San Antonio now has a couple planned, so who knows... Maybe it'll happen in the next 10 years! Maybe by then the Astros won't suck so badly, and I can take a bullet train to go watch some baseball over the weekend!
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:13 AM
 
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Agreed. Flying is a nightmare these days - uncomfortable, stressful and over-priced. High-speed rail is the way to go!
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Old 08-22-2012, 03:05 PM
 
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This will depend on the station location and where you work. Downtown to downtown - does that have enough traffic to be economically viable.

If you have to go to the station and when you get to Austin find locale transportation, it will be a hassle. It is not like a city with large, go everywhere train net - like NYC for example.

If I have to go a station, park and then get the train and then rent a Smart Car to drive somewhere - I probably can drive there myself in the same time frame.
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Old 08-22-2012, 03:37 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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IF it happens, it won't be for a long, long time. This has been talked about for years. Reality is that neither cities have a large enough business center that people are already traveling for work. Both cities have enough room for housing and continued development. Something like this has to happen out of demand, meaning that there's just no room in Austin or SA, and that people HAVE to live further away, yet come here for work.

Demand creates supply. Not the other way around. I have a very hard time seeing this ever happen, simply because it doesn't make fiscal sense. There's not an independent company that would touch this. I guess I can never rule out the government doing something like this, seeing as how AmTrak is horribly in the red and they can't make money to save their lives, yet they keep pumping money into it.
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Old 08-22-2012, 04:07 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I think this would be really wonderful, but I don't see it happening any time soon.
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Old 08-22-2012, 05:49 PM
 
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With the cities as decentralized as they are HS rail is nothing but a fantasy....
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:30 PM
 
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I'd be happy with the proposed Lone Star Rail. I'm not sure if that is high speed or not.
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Old 08-22-2012, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Austin
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Oh the shinkansen was really something! Would like to import that over here so I can live in San Antonio and work in Austin. Aaaaaaaahhhhhhh.......
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:48 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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IF it happens, it won't be for a long, long time. This has been talked about for years. Reality is that neither cities have a large enough business center that people are already traveling for work. Both cities have enough room for housing and continued development. Something like this has to happen out of demand, meaning that there's just no room in Austin or SA, and that people HAVE to live further away, yet come here for work.

Demand creates supply. Not the other way around. I have a very hard time seeing this ever happen, simply because it doesn't make fiscal sense. There's not an independent company that would touch this. I guess I can never rule out the government doing something like this, seeing as how AmTrak is horribly in the red and they can't make money to save their lives, yet they keep pumping money into it.
I was under the impression that Amtrak's Acela actually makes money?
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