August 11, 2021 - Michael Taylor, San Antonio Express News -
My question this week is whether President Joe Biden’s massive federal infrastructure bill could lead to real passenger rail options in Texas, especially among the state’s Big 4 cities. Will Amtrak Joe jump-start passenger trains in Texas?
Also, why are there no useful passenger trains in Texas?
Well, there’s an easy answer to that one — which is that 40 years ago the state didn’t have the population density to justify commuter rail lines.
In mid-2021, however, the case for passenger trains is much stronger. The San Antonio-Houston-Dallas triangle has six of the 15 fastest-growing large-population cities in the country.