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Old 01-08-2014, 03:36 PM
 
Location: DFW Texas
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The Feds are pushing the High Speed Rail issue again in Texas. Is a Dallas/Ft Worth to Houston route even practical, or would a DFW/Waco, Killeen, Ft Hood/Austin/San Antonio route be a better solution?

U.S. transportation secretary gives Dallas-to-Houston high-speed rail yet another push | Dallas Morning News


Dallas/Fort Worth to Houston in 90 minutes - YouTube
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:03 PM
 
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DFW to Houston connects the states largest population centers so yes it would be practical and beneficial for both Dallas and Houston. I can see a Dallas to San Antonio line and a Houston to Austin line connecting the Texas Triangle.
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Biggest waste of money ever. Pouring it down a rat hole has a better ROI.
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Old 01-08-2014, 04:20 PM
 
Location: Northeast Texas
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Sounds like a nice idea, but Texas is basically a car-driven state. I just don't see it being as successful as like the Northern states. They've been talking about this for at least 5 years.

That's a great target for terrorists.
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Old 01-08-2014, 06:58 PM
 
Location: The Mid-Cities
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Sounds like a nice idea, but Texas is basically a car-driven state. I just don't see it being as successful as like the Northern states. They've been talking about this for at least 5 years.

That's a great target for terrorists.
We sure are, but given the 90 minute ride I would jump on that train in a heart beat over the current 2.5 hours in a car.
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Old 01-08-2014, 08:00 PM
 
Location: The Bayou City
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Sounds like a nice idea, but Texas is basically a car-driven state. I just don't see it being as successful as like the Northern states. They've been talking about this for at least 5 years.

That's a great target for terrorists.
While I somewhat agree.. Dallas has the largest light rail system in the US, and Houston boast some of the highest ridership per mile on their rail. Sure the ridership is low on Dallas' and the miles are short on Houston's, but both systems continue to improve, giving a viable alternative to a personal vehicle. Especially once 90 minute high speed rail comes to town (I'm still hoping the Feds don't touch the Houston-Dallas line and the private sector is able to follow through on their plans of operational service by 2021).
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:33 PM
 
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Sounds like a nice idea, but Texas is basically a car-driven state. I just don't see it being as successful as like the Northern states. They've been talking about this for at least 5 years.

That's a great target for terrorists.
You are forgetting one thing. TX is "becoming" a northern state. All the transplants that are moving down here from the northeast corridor WANT mass transit. And then building it will bring even more of them down. There is no doubt it will happen, the only question will it be in the next 10 years or the next 50 years.

And btw, something some of you might be missing here, the rail will not just be used for business and pleasure but it will allow someone who lives in Houston to actually work in Dallas and vice versa.
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Old 01-08-2014, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Oil Capital of America
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That's already obsolete. If we are going to build a fancy train, it should be hyperloop.
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Old 01-08-2014, 11:06 PM
 
Location: Fort Worth, Texas
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Judging by the maps and pictures in the video, seems like they are pushing for a Dallas to Houston train rather than a Dallas/Fort Worth to Houston train.

I'm split on the idea of HSR trains. Seems like it would be great to hop on a quick train to Houston without flying or spending hours on the road, but I see the costs of this being astronomical.
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Old 01-09-2014, 12:54 AM
 
Location: Houston
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Houston and dallas had one of the highest highest super commuters in the nation(people who live in one city but work in another and return to their home cities on weekends and holidays) around 179,000 was a stated number and that was from the business side , not counting colleage students and those who would make the trip for various other reasons
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