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I-35E redo between Dallas and Denton ramps up | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Latest News

From today’s Dallas Morning News.

Texas plans to begin buying nearly 200 pieces of private property along Interstate 35E north of Dallas early next year as it moves to deliver on the long-promised reconstruction of the heavily traveled route to Denton.

At nearly $5 billion, the mix of paid and free lanes would be the area’s largest highway project ever.

I hope you got that. $5 billion for a project whose core segment is 12 miles.

Now, some notes are necessary. This is a heavily traveled segment and part of our generally neglected national infrastructure. Furthermore, planners are looking toward some use of tolling to finance a large portion of the work. This is probably a necessary project, although one should question any construction that expands on an already over-built highway system. In other words, somehow this improvement will only end up making the congestion worse.

It is also worth observing that the total federal outlay for high speed rail development is a mere $10 billion. That is for the entire nation. Critics of rail improvements squawk as if roads don’t cost anybody anything.

A small fraction of the money spent on I-35 would easily fund an extended Heartland Flyer service into Kansas. All of this demands a larger vision than somebody’s front yard and a little creative thinking.

You can read the whole thing here.

I-35E redo between Dallas and Denton ramps up | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Latest News.

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

So you need a good laugh?

Filed under: Uncategorized

HSR News highlights Virgin Air interest in Florida

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

The Day – Amtrak arrests are secret | News from southeastern Connecticut

And now I am starting to wonder what really happens at Beech Grove.

The Day – Amtrak arrests are secret | News from southeastern Connecticut.

Filed under: Amtrak

Funding Gap May Close Popular Amtrak Route – NBC29

We better shut this one down right away. It gets in the way of the Republican/Tea Party Narrative. Repeat it to yourself over and over “nobody rides the train” (and when they do, we better by-gosh stop it!)

Amtrak anticipated that about 51,000 riders per year would take advantage of the service, but a report released this week shows more than 126,000 hopped aboard. Adding to that success, the service has blown away revenue estimates. They expected $2.5 million, but raked in more than $6 million.

Funding Gap May Close Popular Amtrak Route – NBC29.

Filed under: Amtrak, Passenger Rail Politics

Train Makers Rail Against China’s High-Speed Designs – WSJ.com

Today, Chinese rail companies that were once junior partners with the likes of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Siemens AG, Alstom SA and Bombardier Inc. are vying against them in the burgeoning global market for super-fast train systems. From the U.S. to Saudi Arabia to Brazil and in China itself, Chinese companies are selling trains that in most cases are faster than those offered by their foreign rivals. On a recent visit to China, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he is interested in Chinese help to build a planned high-speed line in his state.

Read more: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704814204575507353221141616.html#ixzz15exE4XKo

 

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Filed under: International High Speed Rail, United States High Speed Rail

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