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Houston-Galveston study approved

This comes from the Daily News of Galveston, Texas and if you can find the story in the paper, you are smarter than Pat Lynch. Anyway, Congress has approved $2 million for the study. NOTE: a reader with more time and patience provides a good link.

It is part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill.

The rail line would carry 11,500 passengers a day, reduce 51.7 million vehicle miles traveled, reduce 509 tons of pollution annually, save 425,000 gallons of fuel per year, greatly enhance access to employment and allow for more than $1 billon in new, private investment along the corridor, according to [Sen Kay Baiely] Hutchison’s office.

It’s 51 miles, and apparently considered a transit project. Back in the day, before being discontinued about 1966, it was on the ATSF schedule as a direct connection with the Texas Chief.

I would cheerfully predict that this line would carry many more than 11,000 passengers a day. The implications for real estate development are tremendous. It should be a no-brainer.

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