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December 8, 2016

Consultant: No Houston to Galveston train in the near future

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  • kevjlang posted at 5:50 pm on Wed, Feb 20, 2013.

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    I thought the plan to share the UP tracks was a Heavy Rail project using locomotives and passenger cars, similar to Amtrak, but without the sleeper capability.

    Anyway, if the horizon could be as close as 5 years, that qualifies, in government-speak, as soon. I think the nearest horizon would have to be more than 10 years out to qualify as "not anytime soon".

  • fionnghal posted at 10:00 am on Fri, Feb 22, 2013.

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    Those just sound like excuses to me. The GHH track between Houston and Galveston is still under it's old 1850s Passenger Rail charter from what I've read so Union Pacific may not have a choice. As for the price tag, $800M is nothing compared to a lot of other less useful projects many will cheerfully fund like sports stadiums etc. And the "No one stepping up" excuse is just that, an excuse. If they wanted to make it happen, it would happen. They are dragging their feet.

  • kevjlang posted at 10:43 am on Fri, Feb 22, 2013.

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    I wonder if this would be subject to the same hoop-jumping that Sen. Whitmire convoluted in order to thwart MetroRail expansion? If so, then I'd guess that this would pretty much be DOA in Austin if the state has to authorize anything.

  • IHOG posted at 11:32 am on Fri, Feb 22, 2013.

    IHOG Posts: 2486

    Why would the Island want an easier way tp get off the Island?