Category Archives: In Our Opinion

03 Aug
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Texas, Railroad Successes Linked

TRA Opinion – We Texans have a lot of pride and for good reason. We have great sports teams, great universities, an actively growing population and the second largest economy in the U.S. Even with the energy industry in a ...

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30 Jul
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Newspaper: Passenger rail could be a boon for Oklahoma

July 29, 2017 – TahlequahDailyPress.com – State Reps. Monroe Nichols and Forrest Bennett are on the right side of history – and they’re on the side of Oklahomans who believe restoration of a robust passenger rail service could be a ...

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09 Jul
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How to pay for Texas’ $12 billion bullet train without asking the state for money

Jill Cowan – Economy Writer for Dallas Morning News – Texas Central Partners has repeated its promise time and time again. It will connect Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes with the nation’s first high-speed rail line. And it will ...

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04 Jul
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Guest column: Another Amtrak CEO…and flyover country

July 4, 2017 – Commentary by Russ Jackson –  Commerce, Oklahoma (not California) is a small town in the northeast corner of Oklahoma near the Kansas border, population 2,400 hardy souls.  This town sits astride the original Route 66 highway, ...

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26 May
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What We Texans Can Learn from #InfrastructureWeek: Keep Our Options Open

May 25, 2017 – TRA Opinion – Last week was Infrastructure Week in Washington, DC. In the nation’s capital, online, and in cities across the country, advocates made the case for investing in the infrastructure that is the backbone of American ...

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21 May
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Congressman Sessions supports private investment in Texas high speed rail

May 20, 2017 – TRA Newswire – U.S. Congressman Pete Sessions, responding to a letter from one of our Texas Rail Advocates board members affirms his support for private investment in building the first high speed rail line in the ...

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12 May
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Dallas legislators support N TX to Houston bullet train

May 8, 2017 – Dallas Morning News – Letters to the Editor – We support the proposed Texas Bullet Train that will connect North Texas, Houston and the Brazos Valley. Developed, built and operated without state or federal grants, this ...

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02 May
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Texas House should consider pluses of high-speed rail

May 1, 2017 – Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial Board – Attempts by rural legislators and others in the path of a proposed high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas have a chance to move their cause forward Thursday at a ...

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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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