High-Speed Rail Focus Of North Texas Summit

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A train runs on a high-speed rail line. (credit: Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images)

LAS COLINAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Backers of a plan for high-speed rail in Texas say budget cuts in Congress won’t affect their plans. The co-chairman of the Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation says they’re not going to look for federal or state tax money to build the rail system, they considering working with the Japanese.

“The Japanese are very, very interested right now in building high-speed rail in the state of Texas,” said co-chair William “Bill” Jones. “They do high-speed rail in Japan and they’re looking to expand into different parts of the world.”

Tuesday Jones was promoting building a high-speed rail system at a transportation summit in Las Colinas.

Jones told the group that Japanese investment is wanted and needed to get the project done. “It’s gonna be essential, because they know what high-speed rail is,” he said. “They get it. They understand it and they see the potential, particularly in a state like Texas.”

Jones, who is the mayor of Temple, says such a system would travel at about 200 miles an hour. “We’re talking about being able to go from Dallas to Houston in 90 minutes.”

In the past some people have expressed concerns about a train moving that fast in such a populated area. Jones says the plan he supports takes care of that.

“It’s a system that’s totally grade separated, there’s no crossings, there’s no access from the ground level to any of the tracks. It’s extremely safe,” he claimed.

As far as the majority of the money for the system coming from foreign investors Jones said it only makes sense, because other parts of the world understand the importance of 200 mph trains.

“Japan’s been doing high-speed rail since the early 60s, France since the early 80s, and China as you can only imagine is just exploding with their high-speed rail.”

In May, the U.S. Department of Transportation approved $15 million toward a Dallas/Fort Worth high-speed rail project study. The money was sent to the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to fund an engineering and environmental study of high-speed rail.


One Comment

  1. Hoo says:

    This nation and state have far more pressing needs than high-speed rail. Go ahead and let the Japs build it. Nobody here is going to have the money to ride it. Thank you Obama for the good you have done!

    1. Rod says:

      Your right,President Obama has had the best interest of the country.Glad you notice.The tea party has almost destroyed the markets and would the country just to win an election.I hope they rot in ^$*@

  2. Still Skeptical says:

    90 minutes to Houston would be great, but how many stops along the way would prevent the trip from making that time? Additionally, you need functional transit at either end to make it feasible

    1. Ken says:

      D/FW to Houston would be faster than D/FW to Austin because there is no reason to really stop between the two cities. What city is worth a stop between D/FW and Houston? Maybe Huntsville. High speed down I-35 would be more problematic because some would argue for stops in:
      San Marcos
      San Antonio.

  3. Rod says:

    I would be more then happy to use it,and yes,Thank you President Obama for working on pulling us out of 8 years of the bush mess.

  4. Boomer says:

    When a vehicle car is included on the train, then it’ll be doable for me, as I will need a car when I arrive – at either end. Car rental costs would negate the savings of high-speed rail unless my car is available when I arrive.

  5. Engrpat says:

    Lets learn from California and their attempts at a high speed train.

    The largest construction boondoggle in recorded human history continues to unfold in the Central Valley of California. The initial segment of Obama’s pet project, a high-speed rail line from Merced to Bakersfield, just had its first announced cost overrun. With costs jumping from $7.1 billion to a staggering $13.9 billion, the project now has doubled in price even before a single shovelful of earth is turned. Now that is the seat-of-the-pants, lets just make up a number, government contracting that the Democrats and the unions so dearly love. The numbers are from today’s SF Examiner.

    Before you wish for it and demand it make sure you can pay for it.

  6. Bailey says:

    $15 million we get to pay for a “study”?!?!? Any our reps in DC can’t cut government spending… what a crock!

    Didn’t we just waste millions of “study” dollars on the I-35 corridor project that never panned out?

    I’d be happy to provide the government a detailed study on the issue for far less. Give me a long weekend to integrate all the information that numerous public works “studies” have already provided and a couple of more days to pin down a European firm that will give me a kick back, while raping the tax payer for the next 50 or 60 years any we’ll be all set.

    Does no one else see what kind of scam is being run on us in DFW and throughout the rest of the country with current trend of “toll road” projects? This kind of rali line would be no different.

    I won’t even charge a dime for that info, much less $15 million to conduct a study.

  7. swizzle says:

    So Texas wants to hire the Japs to do the work that good Amerian labor could do? This is amazing, what a bunch of traitors.

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