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16 responses to “Fort Worth To Get High-Speed Train”

  1. Ben says:

    ….the kind of people who should STAY in Tulsa or Fort Worth.

  2. DW says:

    I would if they left out of Dallas

  3. A.B. says:

    I’m guessing it is Amtrak’s Texas Eagle corridor, which goes through Dallas as well:

  4. From what I’ve read, the Amtrak line that goes through Dallas on down to S.A. is anything but “High-Speed”

  5. Chris says:

    it doesn’t go through dallas, it goes through Fort Worth, thats why.

  6. RayRayRay says:

    Do people who comment on these stories actually read the links or just jump to conclusions right away?

    This is a new railway plan with trains that go 100 mph, not the current Amtrak line.

  7. towski says:

    Twelve. The answer is twelve.

  8. will says:

    what did you expect out of Obama?

  9. NeitherParty says:

    Tulsa is a pretty random choice…..

  10. j.d.w... says:

    If you make travel economic, fast and convenient, my guess is – people will find reasons to take advantage of the new train. I never thought I’d have a reason to go to Tulsa, then the E-Street band decides they want to play there. A Downbound Train would have been nicer than the Indian Nation Tollway…

    But really, don’t studies preceed these things?

  11. I find that jumping to conclusions makes things much more fun.

    Especially since I bought this awesome mat!

  12. DKC says:

    Amtrak has been a huge financial success, I’m sure these will be too. Especially if managed by this administration

  13. PatentLawya says:

    This does make some sense, since it would follow the existing Union Pacific and BNSF right of ways (on which the Amtrak Texas Eagle line runs). This would be *way* less expensive and time consuming than acquiring a new right of way directly to Dallas.

  14. Daniel says:

    The Amtrak does, indeed, make daily departures from Dallas’ Union Station.

    Amtrak has been so woefully underfunded that the infrastructure is decrepit and they’re literally incapable of offering a service that anybody would actually use (excepting their high-speed corridor in the NE). The trains are routinely hours late, and it takes something like 8 hours to get from here to San Antonio. They must crawl at 20-30 mph for much of the way because the tracks are in such bad shape. It’s really a shame, because despite all that, and despite the fact that the railcar interiors are somewhat skeezy and outdated, when you’re on them, you can see instantly the appeal of rail travel.

    To ride the Amtrak is frustrating, but it doesn’t make you wish you’d driven or flown; rather, it makes you daydream about just how cool taking a train to Austin or S.A. should and could be. Or even L.A. or Chicago!

    High-speed rail would be a success, count on it. But I’ll believe it when I see it.

    And yes, it should go through Dallas either instead of, or in addition to, Fort Worth. That’s a no-brainer.

  15. Daniel says:

    P.S. Amtrak trains must yield to freight traffic — pretty much the sole cause of their delays. A few miles of double-tracking at strategic intervals would alleviate or eliminate this problem. Every American should be embarrassed!

  16. Antonio says:

    Duh. What, did you think this massive public-works boondoggle would actually show evidence of sound market research? The kind of sound market research that would lead to the market-based decision to place the line through more populated Dallas? Because not nearly enough people travel from Tulsa to FTW?

    Naw, that kind of sound decisionmaking is for the private sector. Welcome to government stimulus 101, baby. It doesn’t make sense, but it makes Democrats (more public workers=more Democrats). That’s the whole point.

    Now that’s change we can believe in!