Category Archives: In Our Opinion

28 Aug
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How private enterprise drives the trains in Texas

August 25, 2016 – Washington Times –  ANALYSIS/OPINION: Tim Keith: Texans are turning the tables on how to pay for nationally critical infrastructure projects, leading the way with a high-speed train project that relies on the expertise of private entrepreneurs ...

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20 Aug
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Should the Texas Railroad Commission get a new name?

August 19, 2016 – Austin American-Statesman Alarmed by a faulty railroad crossing signal in your neighborhood? Aggravated by loud, late-night honking as a freight train trundles through your community? Don’t bother calling the Texas Railroad Commission for help. Once upon ...

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17 Aug
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I-35 High-speed rail project could put local, state economies into top gear

Jessica Attas – Board of Contributors – WacoTrib.com If you’ve been in Central Texas long, you’ve likely realized the importance of Interstate 35 to our region, making possible that quick trip up to Dallas or down to Austin. In actuality, I-35 ...

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17 Aug
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Downtown Dallas Subway May Be More Popular and Possible Than We Think

Jim Schutze – Dallas Observer – August 4, 2016 Psst. Hey. Downtown property-owners and major institutions. I’m talking to you. This is between us, OK? That subway idea might be more popular and more feasible than you think. But you need ...

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17 Aug
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Study confirms freight rail backbone of TX & US economy

BY DENNIS SHINGLETON –  Special to the Star-Telegram If the North Texas economy were a living organism, our roads, runways, rails and other infrastructure would be the skeleton, with freight rail tracks serving as the backbone that keeps the entire ...

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17 Aug
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It’s time for rail along Houston’s 290

By Roy N. Kent – YourHoustonNews.com Anyone who has driven the route knows that the flow of traffic from Houston to Austin is a 24-hour endeavor. It doesn’t matter what time of day or night, you will see cars along the ...

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03 Aug
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Ironic twist: Forbes writer blasts “wasteful” Austin MetroRail same time $50M TOD project announced

August 3, 2016 – TRA Comment Somedays you just have to admire the irony. Forbes magazine stringer Scott Beyer, in a July 29 posting on the Forbes.com site charged that “Austin’s Commuter Rail Is A Monument to Government Waste.” The ...

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27 Jul
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Texas’ high-speed train: Right project, right way, right time

BY HOLLY REED Special to the Star-Telegram A high-speed train between North Texas and Houston offers Texans more than quick relief from traffic-choked highways. The privately developed project will be an economic powerhouse, creating local jobs, generating community tax revenue ...

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27 Jul
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Texas/Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study: energize it or put it on a dusty shelf

If the future of high speed passenger rail in the I-35 corridor means anything to you then here is your ONE chance to see, speak out and comment on it. The recently released Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study from the Texas Department ...

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24 Jul
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They’re not unicorns, they’re R’s who like buses and trains: Betsy Price & Mick Cornett

July 20, 2016 Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood denounced the parts of his party’s platform having to do with transportation on Tuesday, saying it’s out of step with what most younger Americans want — walkable neighborhoods where people don’t always ...

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