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Passenger rail expansion possible at Fort Worth, Texas

Fort Worth is a logical hub. Texas tramnsportation officials are talking, but that is easy. The Star-Telegram carries the story.

Fort Worth is part of a federally designated South Central High Speed Corridor, which envisions speedy trains connecting not only Texas cities but also Little Rock and Tulsa. For more than a decade, Congress provided scarcely any funding for high speed rail but in October it set aside $1.5 billion for high speed rail and invited states and private developers to bid for the funding.

Rail advocates say trains could travel up to 110 mph on existing rail corridors running parallel to freight lines or up to 200 mph on elevated or fenced tracks.

Amtrak operates daily service from Fort Worth to San Antonio and from Fort Worth to Oklahoma City. But the trains can travel no more than 79 mph. A trip from Fort Worth to Austin is 3  1/2 hours by road or four hours, 20 minutes by Amtrak.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics, Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail, United States High Speed Rail

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April 2009