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DALLAS TRANSPORTATION Blog | The Dallas Morning News

FRA Chief: sorry ’bout that. This is a good backgrounder on Texas reaction to HSR funding. (Actually, there is still an astounding lack of response).

Texas will soon have 16 million people living in the so-called “triangle.” If this is hot HSR territory, I don’t know where you will find it. Understand, the FRA did the right thing, but Texas should get busy.

via DALLAS TRANSPORTATION Blog | The Dallas Morning News.

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

6 Responses

  1. Allan says:

    Texas is a solid red state … Florida went for Obama last time and he wants to keep it in play.

  2. I agree with Yonah Freemark at http://www.thetransportpolitic.com/:

    “Texas’ huge T-Bone project has not received any funds, for two clear reasons: there is no political advantage in funding a project in a state unlikely to vote Democratic at the national level for the next decade at the least, and the state government has done nothing to fund the project independently — or even approve its exact route.”

  3. kdub1 says:

    Of course, the government-averse Texans could let Japan Central build the lines for them. That is provided that FL’s HSR program doesn’t cost them an arm and a leg.

  4. Woody says:

    Allan, Almost every Repub Senator and House Member voted against the Recovery Act. Now they want in on the fun of spending it?

    The world doesn’t usually work that way — at least, not according to a Little Golden Book story about a hen who found a seed and decided to plant it. She got no help from the other animals in planting it, watering the sprout, gathering the grains, grinding the grains, making dough, and baking the bread. The other animals then all wanted to help her eat the warm bread, but she said, “I’ll eat it myself.”

    But seriously, high-speed rail makes sense in states with dense cities and big populations. They almost all voted for Democrats and elected Obama, with the exceptions of Texas, Georgia, Arizona, and just barely Missouri.

    You don’t seriously think we should be spending on HSR in deep red states like Alabama and Mississippi and Arkansas, West Virginia and Kentucky, Oklahoma and Kansas, or Wyoming and Idaho, now do you?

    Anyway at least a dozen states with dense urban areas that voted for Democrats did NOT get big grants in this round. Colorado isn’t ready to build Ft Collins-Denver-Colorado Springs-Pueblo. New England and the Mid-Atlantic States apparently will have to wait for more money for the NEC to come down the track.

    Will any Repubs from Texas, Deep Dixie, and the small population states of the Plains and Mountains vote to fund the next big round or two of passenger rail projects? Or will they only show up when they smell the baked bread?

  5. Allan says:

    Actually, I don’t think we should be spending money on HSR, or at least “true HSR” (150+ mph) until we establish a larger matrix of long-distance HPR (High Performance – up to 110 mph) trains.

    Do you want a HSR system based on political votes or logical need? Let’s face it, this will be a multi-year, multi-president project. If a republican wins in 2012 or capture either the House or Senate this year, would you want the funds suddenly switched from blue California to red Texas?

    And after killing a huge part of NASA, don’t expect the Texas representatives to be friendly to HSR after being left out of this round.

  6. HockeyFan says:

    HSR makes sense in a lot of places, but local political will is in short supply. CA has been working on their HSR plans for years and voters approved a referendum. FL legislators and the gov stepped up and passed long term rail funding for Tri Rail. Midwest HSR and govs in that region have a plan.

    It’s not a red state blue state thing. If Texas wants HSR, the politicians on a local level, Dem and Repub, need to step up first. As Ross Perot once said: “I’m gonna make it real simple, see?”

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