Posted 02 April 2014 - 07:51 PM
(1) My thinking in the Huntsville split is that doing so would limit the number of miles of track that would be needed to serve all the main markets in the region effectively.
(2) It does seem possible that a Kodama-type service in the San Antonio-Austin area might make sense to handle "commuter-style" traffic.
Actually Anderson, a better option might be to use the old MKT line out of Houston that goes to San Antonio via San Marcos. There you could do the split to Austin. Going via Huntsville is way off the track. Using the MKT line, which is owned by UP but lightly used, would keep these trains off the UP's Glidden main between Houston and San Antonio(NOL to LAX). You would have to re-build a row from Katy into Houston. But if we are talking true HSR an elevated row over I10 would work just fine. And they have to build a new station in Houston anyway for the Houston to Dallas trains.
Henryj. Trains I have ridden: Sunbeam, Sam Houston Zephyr, Valley Eagle, Houstonian, Sunset Limited, Twin Star Rocket, Texas Eagle, Texas Zephyr, Texas Chief, California Zephyr, City of Portland, City of San Francisco, Coast Daylight, Canadian, Winnipeger, San Diegan, Flying Crow, Spirit of St. Louis, Pennsy NEC. Amtrak: Lone Star, Crescent, NEC, Broadway Ltd, LSL, Maple Leaf, The International, EB, CS, Sunset Limited, City of New Orleans, CZ, Cascade, Eagle, Cardinal, Meteor, Acela plus many excursions. Latest, Alaska Railroad and White Pass & Yukon.