Category Archives: In Our Opinion

15 Jan
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Has light rail benefited Houston?

January 12, 2018 – Dian Nostikasari  via The Urban Edge (Houston Chronicle) – People often get excited when it’s announced that light rail is coming to their neighborhood. There is an assumption, mostly supported by the research depending on how ...

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11 Dec
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TxDOT again fails to include passenger rail in future planning

December 11, 2017 – TRA Editorial – Compared to other states, the Texas Department of Transportation does an amazing amount of future planning for the needs of the motoring public. TxDOT just ended several weeks of public comment to update ...

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25 Nov
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Wear: Why plans for Texas bullet trains are still mostly a dream

November 17, 2017 – Austin American-Statesman – Ben Wear – Highlights TxDOT this month approved a first-level environmental study on an Oklahoma-to-Mexico train plan. But only the center section would be “high speed,” and TxDOT has no money to continue ...

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20 Oct
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Texas bullet train would boost Brazos Valley economy

October 19, 2017 – Dennis Goehring, Columnist for The Eagle – Most of my career has been devoted to economic development for the cities of Bryan and College Station. I’ve learned that timing and positive decisions will have a lasting ...

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20 Oct
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When a Dallas newcomer pits DART against driving to work, the winner may surprise you

October 20, 2017 – Jay Caruso, Dallas Morning News Editorial Writer – My move to The Dallas Morning News this year happened quickly. It required me to move to Texas a month ahead of my family to start work and get settled ...

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18 Oct
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No rail: Amazon HQ2 should be a wakeup call for San Antonio

October 16, 2017 – San Antonio Express-News Editorial Board – San Antonio has decided not to throw its hat into the Amazon ring — a point that has understandably disappointed some in the community. The prospect of being home to ...

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06 Oct
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Gutting Amtrak would hurt flyover states most

October 6, 2017 – Rail Passengers Association (NARP) – By Jim Mathews, Opinion Contributor, TheHill.com – This summer the White House and a handful of Congress members tried to kill Amtrak’s national network. Both the House and the Senate soundly rejected this ...

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05 Oct
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Public transit: expanding choice, boosting economies

October 4, 2017 – Fort Worth Star Telegram – Guest Column by Paul McManus – Each morning, staring into a sea of red brake lights, I think to myself: I would rather be riding public transportation. If only that were ...

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Less Lanes. More Trains!
23 Sep
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Think your commute is bad? Unless Texas cities update transpo systems it could get worse

September 22, 2017 – TexasStandard.com – When asked about their daily commute to work, residents of some of Texas’ largest cities may offer a groan in response. But solutions to Texas’ traffic problems – a lack of reliable mass transit, ...

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20 Sep
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Texas Central is making progress in its aim to build the nation’s first ‘bullet train’

September 20, 2017 – Progressive Railroading – By Julie Sneider, Senior Associate Editor At a ceremony held last month at Houston’s City Hall, Mayor Sylvester Turner could hardly contain his enthusiasm about a proposed 240-mile bullet train between the city and ...

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