Category Archives: In Our Opinion

13 Apr
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Senator Huffines: Why it’s perfectly appropriate to allow a private railroad to use eminent domain

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 ...

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06 Apr
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The Legislature’s all-out assault on passenger trains

April 6, 2017 – Texas Tribune TribTalk – By Peter LeCody, April 6, 2017 Photo by Norihiro Kataoka Passenger rail as a transportation option for Texans is usually ignored by the Legislature without a second thought. Not this session. More ...

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04 Apr
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IPI: No basis for conservative opposition to the Texas Central rail project

April 4, 2017 – Irving TX Based Institute for Policy Innovation – Tom Giovanetti – In Texas, some conservatives wrongly think that opposition to high speed rail is a conservative principle. This is like saying that opposition to trucks, or ...

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04 Apr
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Are These the 5 Worst Bills of the Texas Legislative Session?

April 3, 2017 – Dmagazine.com – The impact of some of these bills on Dallas transportation would be massive. Perhaps the scariest bill is one the Dallas Morning News reported on over the weekend. It would require communities to stage a ...

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02 Apr
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Texas Eagle train loss would nix eastward plans

March 25, 2017 – Glenn Evans – Longview News-Journal – A planned east-west train route allowing Longview residents to ride to New York and beyond is imperiled under a federal budget proposal that would eliminate funding for long-haul Amtrak routes, ...

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24 Mar
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65 bills in the Texas legislature that can end passenger rail service

March 23, 2017 – Attendees at the Transit Coalition of North Texas were told today that there are 65 bills in the Texas House and Senate that could ultimately end present and future passenger train service, whether at the local or ...

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20 Mar
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Prez’s budget calls for end to national network trains: NARP says National Or Nothing

March 16, 2017 –  National Association of Railroad Passengers  – The White House released its “skinny budget”—a general budget outline with few programmatic details and while infrastructure investment has been a major theme of President Trump’s campaign and first 100 days, ...

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28 Feb
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Dallas News: Dallas – Houston Bullet Train Seems Like A No-Brainer

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 ...

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24 Feb
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Lawmakers file flurry of misguided bills to derail the Dallas-to-Houston bullet train

February 23, 2017 – Dallas Morning News Editorial The Texas bullet train project is moving ahead, hitting milestones and keeping alive the audacious promise of a 90-minute train ride between Dallas and Houston. But yet again, a big potential roadblock ...

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19 Feb
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Randall O’Toole’s Misguided Effort to Derail The Texas Bullet Train

February 19, 2017 – Commentary from TRA President Peter LeCody – And I always thought that the CATO folks cherished private enterprise over taxpayer funded projects. Gee, was I dead wrong. I guess they need to have a talk with ...

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