AUSTIN — The Texas Department of Transportation held a public meeting Wednesday evening to share plans for a high-speed passenger train that could cross Texas, connecting to Mexico and to Oklahoma.
Dozens attended but only two people, both members of the National Association of Railroad Passengers, commented, offering their endorsement of the plan.
“To get them out of the car is going to be a monstrous challenge,” said Bruce Ashton of San Antonio. Later, he added: “We do need to think about less concrete (and) more rails.”
Plans for the train are in early phases, and there is a possibility it may not reach fruition. A draft environmental impact study released earlier this month was the most recent milestone in a project that has been in the works since 2012, according to Mark Werner, project manager with TxDOT.