April 13, 2017 – Dallas Morning News – Texas Senator Don Huffines –
By 2050, Dallas and Houston together, according to the Texas Demographic Center, will likely share an increase of more than 4.5 million new residents. To accommodate that growth, we must make innovative transportation solutions a top priority, and that starts with private sector high-speed rail.
Traveling between the cities means either driving four hours by car or bus, or spending three hours getting to the airport, putting up with the TSA and flying to the destination. Interstate 45 endures significant wear and tear and is so congested and deteriorated that TxDOT has recommended adding two lanes, costing taxpayers billions.
That’s why private sector high-speed rail is a promising solution that Texas should welcome. The best part: It won’t cost taxpayers.