TFA can only say “Amen” to easing a disastrous rail bottleneck. The Fort Worth Star Telegram files a comprehensive story. This should be good news for shippers, rail operators, Amtrak passengers, and fans of clean air.
Officials from Fort Worth-based BNSF and Omaha, Neb.-based Union Pacific Railroad say that although the new track would remain private property, the project enjoys wide support from public officials.
The request for funding will likely be made within weeks by the Texas Department of Transportation or another public agency on behalf of the railroads. The project will compete with other nationally strategic rail, port and road projects for $1.5 billion in discretionary funding to be disbursed by U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.