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Old 03-17-2009, 10:44 AM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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I read about this in the USA Today this morning. The proposed route map isn't in the on-line version, but the routing would be SA-AUSTIN-DALLAS...then from Dallas, one could go on to either Tulsa (via Oklahoma City) or Little Rock (via Texarkana).
trains would travel at speeds of up to 200 MPH.


Americans started falling out of love with trains 50 years ago, when thrilling silver airliners left locomotives far behind.

Now, President Obama and leaders in more than 30 states say it's time to embrace trains again — but newer, faster ones that can transport passengers past gridlocked airports and highways on electrified railroads at up to 200 mph.

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$8 billion could help revive travel by train - USATODAY.com

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Old 03-17-2009, 11:45 AM
 
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I still can't believe that there's no high speed trains in the US (as big as it is) and that traveling by train is so expensive.
I hope that changes soon, because I really like trains.

Here in Texas and the Midwest, we have the advantage that is very flat,
making it MUCH easier to build infrastructure for trains.
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Old 03-17-2009, 12:03 PM
 
Location: SoCal-So Proud!
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I still can't believe that there's no high speed trains in the US (as big as it is) and that traveling by train is so expensive.
I hope that changes soon, because I really like trains.

Here in Texas and the Midwest, we have the advantage that is very flat,
making it MUCH easier to build infrastructure for trains.

We only have the pseudo high speed Acela on the North East corridor. That travels up to 135 MPH. Sad.
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Old 03-17-2009, 01:19 PM
 
Location: San Francisco, California
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Interesting. 20 years ago Texas had a viable High Speed Rail plan, that would be speeding Texans between Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin by now if it not been killed by Southwest Airlines (TGVweb - Texas TGV). Texas' foray into high speed rail has continued through the Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation (THSRTC | Welcome!) that is proposing the Texas T-Bone plan, the defunt Texas Trans Corridor system, and now this plan linking San Antonio through to Oklahoma. I doubt that any of them will happen in my lifetime.
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Old 08-03-2009, 08:52 PM
 
Location: 281 north of 1604 - otherwise known as traffic hell
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News Radio 1200 WOAI San Antonio Texas

evidently the Austin San Antonio rail line got a huge head of steam recently. Count me as one of those who are VERY CAUTIOUSLY optimistic.

I hope you guys get excited about this stuff as I do.
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:41 PM
 
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Subway/lightrail is the coolest way to travel around a city and it would be ideal for San Antonio being a touristy city.
I rode the one in San Francisco and I thought it was really cool.

Just imagine having something like this to ride on in San Antonio
(I rode this one about a year ago when I visited my mom)



YouTube - Metro Los Teques
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Old 08-03-2009, 10:53 PM
 
Location: Wiesbaden, Germany
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I'd settle for an efficient metro that can get me from where I live to where I work, like the one in Paris. That thing was beyond sweet
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:00 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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I like Metro systems... but for me the most viable thing right now appears to be what was stated in the OP, a commuter rail from SA-Austin-Dallas.

I'm trying to think of areas in SA we can connect to that will hold the rideablity to help pay for sustaining such a system. Maybe for now, we should focus on improving our bus system.
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Old 08-03-2009, 11:59 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, Texas
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I would love to travel by train to Dallas, Tulsa, etc. I would love to see this happen.
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Old 08-04-2009, 12:49 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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The Metro rail line idea would never work here as well as it does in other cities. Unlike San Antonio, Paris and other cities that make such lines feasible do not have the majority of their inner-city population living in single family homes built on a quarter or half an acre.
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