ODOT working to bring high spped rail to the state.Mark Opgrande reports. It is a rather typical television report. If you are going to have somebody in favor of any kind of sensible ground transportation, make sure the person is completely incoherent. Be sure to include to most astronomical price tag for true European-style HSR, and make it a point to put passenger rail transportation on trial like a criminal. “Will people give high speed rail a chance?” The video can not be embeded, so here is a link. (It is also available in the sidebar on the date of this post.)
This concept suggests a corridor from Fort Worth to Tulsa, TFA has previously commented on an Oklahoma City-Tulsa service, noting the favorable possibilities.
- driving distance is about 100 miles
- state owns much of the existing rail line (which needs lots of work)
- state owns turnpike right-of-way (could this land be used? It’s straight as an arrow.)
- Oklahoma City pop. 1,200,000 plus
- Tulsa pop.685,000
- interfaces with an upgraded Heartland Flyer service to DFW.
The quality of public transportation in both cities would be an important factor and that is a subject on which I am not able to comment. It seems to make sense that Oklahoma should get moving on improving the existing track to “high performance rail” standards and start operating in the 100 mph range.
Oh, look at that! 100 miles at 100 mph gives you a travel time of about one-hour end-to-end. Why haven’t they figuted this out already? And here’s the good part; it would not cost anything approaching the afore mentioned $1.5 billion.
The total construction on this is probably more like $250 million. Trains departing each end on the hour all day and scheduled at a running time of around 75 minutes is a big winner.
Oklahoma should forget European-style HSR and get moving on “high performance rail” tomorrow. It will change that already vibrant region forever.