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Fast And Green Texas T Bone

We’ll Take This Texas T-Bone – Well Done – Not Rare

altamontThe Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation (THSRTC) is a not-for-profit corporation consisting of local transportation and elected officials representing cities, counties, rail districts and seaports along the South Central High-Speed Rail Corridor which have come together in a grassroots, collaborative effort to realize the first-ever high-speed inter-city rail passenger system and multi-modal transportation corridor connecting communities in Arkansas, Oklahoma, Lousiana, and Texas along the south central and Gulf Coast high-speed rail corridors.

The first phase of THSRTC’s development plan is the 440 mile Texas T-Bone High-Speed Rail Corridor. Connecting over 16 million Texans living in and between the state’s major metropolitan areas through a new dual-track, completely grade-separated rail infrastructure capable of accommodating passenger travel at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour, carrying capacity of 1,000 passengers.

high-speed-rail-system-mapTexas is currently the fastest growing state in the U.S., growing at twice the national average and the Texas T-Bone region houses nearly 70% of the population. Presently there are over 1,000,000 students attending the numerous community colleges, vocational institutes, colleges, and universities located within the Texas T-Bone that would greatly benefit from the high speed rail access. The state’s population is expected to double from the present 23 million to over 51.7 million by 2040, with a projection of 78% living and working within the “Texas T-Bone” Corridor.

This multi-modal corridor would provide an innovative solution to the State’s growing congestion, air quality and disaster preparedness challenges. The Texas T-Bone would serve as a FEMA evacuation route, providing an effective evacuation system for millions of coastal residents during times of natural disaster and provide much-needed relief to the State’s crowded highways.

The T-Bone route is 256 miles shorter than running the major cities on the straight line. In terms of the initial design and construction costs, the THSRTC route is estimated to be 33.5% less expensive that the straight line approach.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (www.dot.gov) originally hoped to announce high-speed rail funding awards in October, but the overwhelming amount of applications caused the Transportation Department to move that date back to later this winter. Along with THSRTC’s $4 billion application for the Texas T-Bone, a total of 24 states submitted 45 applications for the 10 federally-designated high-speed rail corridors, according to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The combined amount for all 45 applications came in at around $50 billion, though the stimulus plan from February only allocated $8 billion in funding.

texas-high-speed-rail-map-t-boneThe 200 mph trains would connect Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio and would run to airports, at a projected cost of $12 billion to $18 billion.

THSRTC states: Though some will look at the immediate financial cost, everyone will see the long-term effects if an opportunity like this is passed. The cost will then be the State’s economic future, environment, jobs, technological upgrades, and the continuation of highway construction issues and increasing congestion.

I just love it …….


…… as the green future unfolds.

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10 Responses to “Fast And Green Texas T Bone”

  1. Barry Says:

    Having this high speed rail access will boost domestic trade and improve productivity and jobs prospects for Texans.

    By the way, can I do a link exchange with you?
    .-= Barry´s last blog ..Duron Solar System Provides Rural Homes With Clean Electricity =-.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Barry … You bet it would! Yes, I would be happy to do so.

    Hi Global Patriot … I agree wholeheartily! We would not be having a gnashing of teeth to fix the problems we have now.

  3. Global Patriot Says:

    It’s such a shame that we haven’t been building high speed rail infrastructure for the past few decades, we would be is such better shape on the energy front.
    .-= Global Patriot´s last blog ..Planet Earth Fundamentals =-.

  4. Rachel Says:

    As a Houstonian, this would’ve been a GREAT option for when everybody was evacuating after Hurricane Katrina. I ended up riding out the storm, which wasn’t that bad, because it would’ve taken me over 12 hours to get to Austin. That’s normally a 2-3 hour drive.

    Hope this thing pans out.
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Iodine Supplements: The Four Best Kinds to Use =-.

  5. Linda Says:

    Hi Rachel … At one time they were thinking about having a train between Galveston and Dallas and then a while down the road from Dallas to Austin. I cannot remember why it was declined but what a mistake that was.

    Hi Tina … As a fellow Texan, I would love to see it expanded to East Texas at some point as well. It would certainly alleviate the traffic between any points, especially on a Friday night or a Sunday afternoon!

  6. Tina Says:

    As a Texan myself, I’m looking forward to this infrastructure – it’ll make my life a lot easier.
    .-= Tina´s last blog ..Rejected! – Part 1 =-.

  7. solar panel Says:

    it WILL make life easier and better!

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi solar panel … So much more than what is available now!

  9. Lissof Says:

    Looks like a great start, I hope they incorporate locally derived renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, tidal and wave action.

    With such a rail system for both passenger and commodities relocation, energy dependence on foreign sources would be greatly reduced.

  10. Linda Says:

    Hi Lissof …. Now you are talking ultimate dream/projects!

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