February 28, 2016 – Mitchell Schnurman – Dallas Morning News Business Insight –
As a transit option, a Texas bullet train would be a major breakthrough. As an economic development project, it would be off the charts.
That’s because taxpayers don’t have to cough up anything to make it happen — almost unheard of, not only for giant investments but even for small ones.
They like to say they’re taking a market-based approach to high-speed rail. They’ll be raising money from private investors and betting that approach will be faster and more efficient. And those pesky cost overruns that overwhelm so many transit projects? Their problem, not ours.