Category Archives: In Our Opinion

12 Feb
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Are Aggies really against high speed rail in Texas? Really??

Or was this a well orchestrated slick political ploy backed by select state legislators and rural county administrators? February 12, 2016 – The headline reads: Aggie Student Senate Opposes Eminent Domain for Train | NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth. Texans Against High Speed Rail ...

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08 Feb
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So what will the STB do about on-time passenger rail performance?

February 8, 2016 The Surface Transportation Board is known mostly around the rail industry as an agency that Congress charged with resolving railroad rate and service disputes and reviewing proposed railroad mergers. The usual day-in and day-out freight rail issues. That’s ...

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07 Feb
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Will Texas nay-sayers be against Interstate-14 like they are against high speed rail?

February 7, 2016 Displaced homeowners, farms and ranches cut in two, 24/7 noise issues, disruption of a rural way of life. It’s enough to get country folks boiling mad and it ought to be. No, we are not talking about some ...

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06 Feb
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Senator Burton: Please look at the “bigger picture” of transportation

February 6, 2016 While we were disappointed with Texas Senator Konni Burton’s comments in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram last week concerning the TEXRail project between downtown Fort Worth and DFW International Airport, we understand her frustration with the realities of ...

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06 Feb
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Houston Mayor: Wider roads only draw more traffic congestion

“The traditional strategy of adding capacity … exacerbates urban congestion problems.” February 1, 2016 – Eric Jaffe – CityLab.com Count new Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner among the growing crowd of local transportation officials wary of road-expansion as a solution to ...

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27 Jan
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Restoring Amtrak Gulf Coast service can not come too soon

January 27, 2016 – TRA For the first time in over ten years an Amtrak train will once again run between New Orleans and Florida but don’t get ready to buy a ticket quite yet. The former line dubbed the ...

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25 Jan
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Texas is still a third-world passenger rail country

January 25, 2016 – TRA Editorial When we finally run out of more lanes to add to our existing highway system and more land to be taken off the tax rolls for new freeways and interchanges that are bursting with ...

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18 Jan
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Something Old draws in New audience of Millennials

January 18, 2016 I had the pleasure of being invited to the Rail Private Car Alliance convention in Tyler over the weekend and jumping aboard a special steam train excursion on the Texas State Railroad courtesy of Iowa Pacific, the ...

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14 Jan
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2 for 1 Amtrak travel ticket in Texas is hard to beat: ends soon

January 15, 2016 – TRA Newswire Here’s an offer on Amtrak’s Texas Eagle that can save you some money. If you travel between now and March 20 you can latch on to a free ticket for each one you purchase. ...

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06 Jan
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4 possible candidates for new Amtrak chief: could Matt Rose be one of them?

December 27, 2015 – Fred Frailey blogs for Trains Magazine When I put out the call for your ideas on who should lead Amtrak after Joe Boardman’s retirement next September, you made me proud. Lots of good responses. But one ...

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