October 7, 2022 - TRA Austin -
In a letter dated October 5, Texas Department of Transportation Executive Director Marc Williams has asked Federal Railroad Administration chief Amit Bose to consider federal funding options for conventional intercity passenger rail expansion across multiple corridors in the state.
Texas Rail Advocates has learned that the letter of interest was filed in response to FRA Docket 2022-0031 which calls for states to submit "expressions of interest" for consideration of billions of dollars in federal rail grants that will be distributed to interested states. The Corridor Identification and Development Program is one section of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) that was passed by Congress in 2021. Funds are to be distributed by the Federal Railroad Administration.
"We are very pleased to hear that Executive Director Williams has taken this important step forward to have Texas in the running for consideration of future passenger rail services," according to Texas Rail Advocates President Peter LeCody. "We were pleasantly surprised to hear that there were five rail corridors being put forward for consideration, two more than we had actually asked TxDOT to pursue. With our state continuing to grow in population and with strong economic development we just have to have multiple ways to move people, and that's in addition to our highway system."
Here's what's in the TxDOT letter: