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.