Category Archives: In Our Opinion

09 Dec
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Freight corridors gain an important focus under the new federal transportation bill

December 8, 2015 – Houston Chronicle When he signed a five-year transportation funding bill on Friday, President Barack Obama sent America one singular message: Keep on truckin’. Apologies to R. Crumb, but we’re having a bit of a nostalgia fit. ...

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09 Dec
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Elected official: “There comes a point where there is no room to widen anymore”

December 9, 2015 – Here’s an elected official from Oklahoma that understands transportation needs and can teach Texas legislators and leaders a thing or two. There is sometimes the sense that we all will be able to stay in our ...

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07 Dec
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Buy 1 get 1 free doesn’t happen very often in Texas

December 7, 2015 – (Dallas) Amtrak’s Texas Eagle service has a lot to celebrate and you get the prize. Starting in January when you purchase one regular (adult) rail fare on the daily Texas Eagle you get to take a ...

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30 Nov
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Developers in Texas are making decisions based on rail links

December 1, 2015 The movers and shakers in Texas that build our homes, business parks and industrial sites are sitting up and taking notice about freight and passenger rail and how important it is in their economic plans. Three stories this week ...

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26 Nov
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Amid Great Progress, Texas High-Speed Rail Takes a Big Step Back

November 19, 2015 – Eric Jaffe –  CityLab.com   Federal officials rule the rail line won’t stop in DPlugins 0owntown Houston America’s train-loving vice president has bestowed his official blessing on theprivately funded high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas. On ...

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26 Nov
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VP calls Dallas-Houston bullet train beginning of new transportation era in America

November 18, 2015 – Brandon Formby – Dallas Morning News Transportation Blog   Vice President Joe Biden stood atop a sun-drenched rooftop in the Cedars on Wednesday to sing the praises of a planned high-speed rail line between Dallas and ...

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20 Nov
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High-speed rail between San Antonio, Texas and Monterrey, Mexico will happen

November 11, 2015 – Latinalista.com McALLEN, RGV – A high-speed passenger rail line between San Antonio and Monterrey is going to happen, says state Rep. Richard Peña Raymond. The Laredo Democrat made the prediction at a news conference held at ...

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02 Nov
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Improper for Soil/Water Conservation Directors to oppose bullet train?

Public vs. Private. Was it correct and legal for member Directors of a Texas agency that derives part of their funding from state appropriations, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the EPA to vote in opposition of a high speed ...

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31 Oct
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It’s time for the ODOT-TxDOT Heartland Flyer to grow up

June 14, 1999 was the first run of the Oklahoma state supported Heartland Flyer, a daily train that made a round-trip between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, Texas. It ended a twenty year drought of passenger rail service in that ...

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26 Oct
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Why we support Prop 7 – even if no direct rail component

Sure it’s for roads, but there’s a small asterisk. We need good roads to get us to future freight and passenger rail projects that the state legislature has been ignoring for years. One step at a time. If voters give ...

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