LAREDO, Texas — U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar is continuing his efforts to get a high-speed rail service between South Texas and Monterrey.
Last week, the Laredo congressman hosted a two-day international meeting with the Federal Railroad Administration, state and federal agencies and their Mexican counterparts to discuss standards and protocols for a rail service from the United States to Mexico.
In the Fiscal Year 2016 Omnibus House Appropriations bill, Cuellar added language for a feasibility study for a passenger rail between San Antonio and Monterrey through Laredo. It reads as follows:
“The Committee understands that standards or protocols for passenger rail between the United States and Mexico do not currently exist. The Committee encourages FRA to work with all relevant state and federal agencies and their Mexican counterparts to study what standards and protocols are needed to facilitate a passenger and freight rail line between the U.S. and Mexico, in Texas, and other international land crossings.”