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October 29th, 2010
Federal grant will fund study of Texas-Oklahoma high-speed rail

STAFF REPORT

The federal government is giving the Texas Department of Transportation $5.6 million to study high-speed rail between Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.

The grant was announced on Thursday by the U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as part of 54 rail projects in 23 states getting $2.4 billion in funding.

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett said the DFW-to-Oklahoma segment is part of a larger 850-mile corridor planned to parallel Interstate 35 from South Texas through Oklahoma City.

“This federal investment is an important step toward building the Texas-Oklahoma high speed rail that will mean fewer headaches and more efficient trips – which will be a boost for the San Marcos economy and for our families,” Doggett said.

TxDOT will use the money to conduct a feasibility study, a service development plan and environmental permitting on the rail project.

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3 thoughts on “Federal grant will fund study of Texas-Oklahoma high-speed rail

  1. Do we REALLY need to spend this money now? $5.6 milliion for just the STUDY of a corridor that has already been studied? How many people have to work how many hours to pay the taxes for this boondogle (sp?) What Texan wants to go to Oaklahoma City and stop there anyway?

  2. Personally I would like to travel downtown-to-downtown between Texas cities like you can between Washington D.C. and Boston. I’m not sure if a network between DFW and OKC is all that useful, since there is an amtrak route that services that.

    High speed rail is something we should have been working on the last couple decades. There have been several attempts in TX and they have all failed, most recently Trans-Texas Corridor.

    If we care about staying ahead of China, this is one area they are beating us handily.

  3. If you want to know why it’s so expensive, just look at the salaries of engineers. These kinds of projects don’t come cheap.

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