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#161 jis

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Posted 31 January 2018 - 02:08 PM

Maybe they can position a suitable garbage dump hill shaped like Mount Fuji, next to the tracks. :D



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Posted 31 January 2018 - 08:20 PM

Maybe they can position a suitable garbage dump hill shaped like Mount Fuji, next to the tracks. :D

They could dig under Bardwell Lake, and have Mt. Fuji mosaics in the tunnel. :unsure:


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Posted 31 January 2018 - 09:17 PM

Or better yet, they could actually build a railroad before 2100.



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Posted 31 January 2018 - 09:42 PM

Or better yet, they could actually build a railroad before 2100.

 

It's gonna be finished around 2020.

 

This isn't CA or HI!!!


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Posted 01 February 2018 - 11:11 AM

More optimistic about this than the California project ...

Best thing that could happen to California HSR would be for Texas HSR to get finished first.

 

The Golden State won't stand for being left behind by its rival Lone Star state.



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Posted 01 February 2018 - 11:46 AM

They could take a picture of a bullet train with a high school or college football stadium in the background. That's Texas


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Posted 04 May 2018 - 11:45 AM

Nice news about both Amtrak and the Texas Central:

 

https://www.texascen...senger-network/

 

I really hope Texas can get this done. Trying to drive between major Texas cities is dreadful and with all the new options with driver services and, probably, driverless vehicles, getting around will be so much easier just when my driving abilities will be getting much more difficult (age!).



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Posted 04 May 2018 - 11:49 AM

Nice news about both Amtrak and the Texas Central:

 

https://www.texascen...senger-network/

 

I really hope Texas can get this done. Trying to drive between major Texas cities is dreadful and with all the new options with driver services and, probably, driverless vehicles, getting around will be so much easier just when my driving abilities will be getting much more difficult (age!).

Assuming the national network is still around when they are complete.



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Posted 04 May 2018 - 04:10 PM

 

Nice news about both Amtrak and the Texas Central:

 

https://www.texascen...senger-network/

 

I really hope Texas can get this done. Trying to drive between major Texas cities is dreadful and with all the new options with driver services and, probably, driverless vehicles, getting around will be so much easier just when my driving abilities will be getting much more difficult (age!).

Assuming the national network is still around when they are complete.

 

Texans are going to do intrastate rail whether it's National, or not.


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Posted 04 May 2018 - 04:20 PM

 

Nice news about both Amtrak and the Texas Central:
 
https://www.texascen...senger-network/
 
I really hope Texas can get this done. Trying to drive between major Texas cities is dreadful and with all the new options with driver services and, probably, driverless vehicles, getting around will be so much easier just when my driving abilities will be getting much more difficult (age!).

Assuming the national network is still around when they are complete.
 
Texans are going to do intrastate rail whether it's National, or not.

The article referenced was concerning the high speed connecting with Amtrak’s national network. I was not commenting on if the Texas Central would be completed or not.

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Posted 04 May 2018 - 06:07 PM

Houston to Dallas at a zillion miles an hour. Dallas to El Paso at 12mph.


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Posted 04 May 2018 - 06:14 PM

Houston to Dallas at a zillion miles an hour. Dallas to El Paso at 12mph.


Maybe such a transfer would compel Texans to pressure their U.S. Congresspersons to fund improvements to the TE route.

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Posted 05 May 2018 - 06:35 PM

 

Houston to Dallas at a zillion miles an hour. Dallas to El Paso at 12mph.


Maybe such a transfer would compel Texans to pressure their U.S. Congresspersons to fund improvements to the TE route.

 

More likely a re-evaluation of the Texas Triangle route, which would make total sense.


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If I won the lottery, I'd probably build a passenger from nowhere to nowhere.


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Posted 05 May 2018 - 06:58 PM

 

 

Houston to Dallas at a zillion miles an hour. Dallas to El Paso at 12mph.


Maybe such a transfer would compel Texans to pressure their U.S. Congresspersons to fund improvements to the TE route.

 

More likely a re-evaluation of the Texas Triangle route, which would make total sense.

 

 

The more likely scenario will be if Dallas-Houston is successful, then Houston-San Antonio and Dallas-San Antonio will be next on their expansion list. 


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Posted 06 May 2018 - 06:57 AM

Has the quote function stopped working? :)



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Posted 06 May 2018 - 05:49 PM

 

 

 

Houston to Dallas at a zillion miles an hour. Dallas to El Paso at 12mph.


Maybe such a transfer would compel Texans to pressure their U.S. Congresspersons to fund improvements to the TE route.

 

More likely a re-evaluation of the Texas Triangle route, which would make total sense.

 

 

The more likely scenario will be if Dallas-Houston is successful, then Houston-San Antonio and Dallas-San Antonio will be next on their expansion list. 

 

What seems likely (to me, at least) is a San Antonio-Austin-[somewhere in the middle of the existing route] line.  You'd have an expensive junction to accommodate San Antonio-Dallas and San Antonio-Houston trains, but doing so probably saves you something like 50-70 miles of track construction (at a minimum).  There's a reasonable chance that adding San Antonio and Austin together (to Houston) at the cost of adding 10-15 minutes to travel time would do better than "just" San Antonio-Houston.  Granted, you would ideally find a way to serve Waco, etc. along the I-35 corridor, but I suspect that San Antonio/Austin/College Station would be more than sufficient to support the line in question.


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Posted 07 May 2018 - 11:11 AM

 

 

 

Houston to Dallas at a zillion miles an hour. Dallas to El Paso at 12mph.


Maybe such a transfer would compel Texans to pressure their U.S. Congresspersons to fund improvements to the TE route.

 

More likely a re-evaluation of the Texas Triangle route, which would make total sense.

 

 

The more likely scenario will be if Dallas-Houston is successful, then Houston-San Antonio and Dallas-San Antonio will be next on their expansion list. 

 

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Posted 15 May 2018 - 04:04 PM

So it seems like this Amtrak agreement with Texas Central was put out this early so that Texas Central can operate under federal rules of the STB instead. The STB had ruled a couple of years ago that since Texas Central was only intrastate that it was subject to Texas' rules and not under STB jurisdiction. By being under federal rules it "might" make it easier to get some of the recalcitrant counties less resistant because their complaints would have to be heard at the federal level, whereas previously State and local legislation were being passed to kill the route.

 

But who knows in these days where the federal government is changing so dramatically with its oversight.


Edited by AlamoWye, 15 May 2018 - 05:56 PM.

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