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Unread 05-09-2011, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Tysons Corner, VA by way of TEXAS
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Default Texas Gets $15 million for Houston-DFW High Speed Rail Line

myFOX Dallas Fort Worth: Feds give $15 million for DFW-Houston high-speed rail corridor (http://myfoxdfw.onespot.com/dfw/2011/05/09/cc705/feds-give-15-million-for-dfw-houston-hig - broken link)

So, thoughts? Will this be another false start? Will the airlines kill it again? Will it ever get off of the blocks?

My thoughts are that at the end of the day, the only way a HSR could work in Houston or Dallas at the present time is to connect it to the airports and allow it to work as a feeder to replace the flights between there while still allowing longer range connections.

Theoretically it would be better to connect the central cities, but given the sporadic state of public transit in both cities (particularly Houston) where would one go upon stepping off of the train?

My best guess is that any potential Texas HSR is 15-20 years away from fruition.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 07:25 PM
 
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that money won't be enough to do anything
it probably is not even enough to attract other investors
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Unread 05-09-2011, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Up on the moon laughing down on you
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15M?? Is it gonna be one of those Lionel Toy trains??
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Unread 05-09-2011, 07:29 PM
 
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Theoretically it would be better to connect the central cities, but given the sporadic state of public transit in both cities (particularly Houston) where would one go upon stepping off of the train?
Both Cities have excellent transit from the downtown. From Downtown Houston you can take metro to almost anywhere in the city or a park and ride to a number of the burbs.

Those cities might not have extensive rail systems but public transit is not limited to rail. The bus system works quite well for Houston, and that is saying something based on how physically large the city is
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Unread 05-09-2011, 07:39 PM
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Location: San Antonio
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So, thoughts? Will this be another false start? Will the airlines kill it again? Will it ever get off of the blocks?
My guess is that the governor will kill the project, dubbing it "wasteful Washington spending" whenever he can make the most political hay out of doing so.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 07:43 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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$15 Million???? What the hell......is this a joke???
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Unread 05-09-2011, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Funky Town, Texas
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LMAO your kidding 15 million is a enough to make it out of south Dallas or north Houston.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 08:30 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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All of the FL should have gone to the NE , most did but the rest should have since we have the population and Transit / Rail ridership to justfly a large HSR project.
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Unread 05-09-2011, 08:41 PM
 
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All of the FL should have gone to the NE , most did but the rest should have since we have the population and Transit / Rail ridership to justfly a large HSR project.
Moderator cut: off topic/personalIn order for HSR to work it must be NATIONWIDE NOT LIMITED TO ONE REGION!!!!! HSR is meant to force airlines into long haul business. It is meant to benifit multiple regions at once not just one Moderator cut: off topic/personal

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Unread 05-09-2011, 08:42 PM
 
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Both Cities have excellent transit from the downtown. From Downtown Houston you can take metro to almost anywhere in the city or a park and ride to a number of the burbs.

Those cities might not have extensive rail systems but public transit is not limited to rail. The bus system works quite well for Houston, and that is saying something based on how physically large the city is
in houston yes other places not so much
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