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Feds Give OK To Start Review For Dallas-Houston High-Speed Rail

In a densely worded, boring item in the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Transportation—through the Federal Railroad Administration—gave the green light to begin an environmental review of the proposed Dallas-Houston high-speed rail line. 

There’s no need to read the item—again: densely worded, boring. It basically allows Texas Central Railway to begin its environmental impact study, which will explore various routes for the train, and how each path would impact the land below it. The study’s expected to last a year.

Yesterday on Capital Hill, TCR’s plan was front and center at a meeting hosted by Texas Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson and Roger Williams. Members of the Texas Congressional Delegation and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard the spiel.

In May I wrote a quick item about the proposal for print edition. All of the questions in there—cost, route, feasibility—are still on the table.

  • Tekito

    “The study’s expected to last a year.”

    So this is good news? This is “progressing” as slowly as possible. Personally I suspect it to be at least partially deliberate.

  • BradfordPearson

    Would you prefer your environmental impact studies to be shorter? One year—to study the environmental impact to hundreds of miles worth of farms, streams, towns, etc.—actually seems rather quick to me.

  • Paul

    Hopefully they’ll study the impact of having weird cartoon characters on the sides of the trains.

  • Tekito

    Look, I have absolutely no idea whether a year’s time to conduct such a study is fast or slow by engineering standards, but it is too much to ask for no skepticism for a project that has been talked about since…. early 90s? Or even earlier? Is there at least strong evidence suggesting that significant progress will be made at other ends, while this study is being conducted?

  • Shawn Schultz

    would be very SWET…

  • Donatella

    Google All Aboard Florida. While the folks in Dallas and Houston may be ready for high speed rail, the people in between won’t exactly be jumping at the chance to have several trains a day pass through their towns. They get all of the negatives (noise, delays, etc) with none of the positives. This has been more of an issue in Fl than environmental impact.