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Texas Highways and Interstates


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Considering how broke TXDOT is, I am curious to see how all of these road construction projects will be funded (more toll road/HOT lane conversions would be my guess)?
Well that's what happens when you're in a fast growing state with a strong economy.

Personally, I'd rather deal with the annoyances of construction than see everything crumble...
Guvmn't
Considering how broke TXDOT is, I am curious to see how all of these road construction projects will be funded (more toll road/HOT lane conversions would be my guess)?
How about the new connecters in San Antonio for loop 1604 and hwy 281.
High Speed Rail from FW-Austin..? Also, a 2nd stop for the Dallas-Houston Line in B/CS

The Commission for High-Speed Rail in Dallas/Fort Worth voted unanimously to seek federal funding for a study of a route to Austin, according to the newspaper.
hat line would be separate from the entirely private high-speed rail that’s being developed to go from Dallas to Houston. That 200 mph train is being proposed by Texas Central Railway and now includes plans for a stop near Texas A&M University, officials confirmed at the meeting. An environmental study is underway now and the train could be operating by 2021.
“It will have one stop, in College Station. It will be just east of Highway 6.”
http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/b...-rail-could-expand-to-austin-san-antonio.html
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Needs to be as close to Home to destination air trip as possible.
High Speed Rail from FW-Austin..? Also, a 2nd stop for the Dallas-Houston Line in B/CS







http://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/b...-rail-could-expand-to-austin-san-antonio.html
Awesome!

This is how I've always imagined an HSR line passing through that area.

If they are going to hook west, maybe also hit Waco too? That would leave the possibility of an I-35 line down to Austin-San Antonio.
“It will have one stop, in College Station. It will be just east of Highway 6.”
This is exactly what I was afraid of.
If you were referring to towns that have less than 50,000 people then I would agree but College Station and Waco are sizable enough to be served by HSR. Many HSR lines in Europe serve small cities as well in addition to Acela in the Northeast which stops in cities such Wilmington and New Haven in addition to DC and NYC.
the promise of this and the attraction is the speed of service because of the huge air travel industry in the US. The Texas cities aren't nearly as urban as the NE cities so there is even less of an attraction. This needs to be a quick trip if they are going to spend billions on it. Let the other stuff come much later.
If you were referring to towns that have less than 50,000 people then I would agree but College Station and Waco are sizable enough to be served by HSR. Many HSR lines in Europe serve small cities as well in addition to Acela in the Northeast which stops in cities such Wilmington and New Haven in addition to DC and NYC.
Actually the main purpose of HSR is to replace intra-city auto traffic/commuter jets which currently serve these cities. Anyways one or two stops on a line isn't going to affect the overall speed of the train and it would have the added bonus of attracting riders whose destination might not be Houston or Dallas.
the promise of this and the attraction is the speed of service because of the huge air travel industry in the US. The Texas cities aren't nearly as urban as the NE cities so there is even less of an attraction. This needs to be a quick trip if they are going to spend billions on it. Let the other stuff come much later.
Dallas - Houston line's stops: Dallas / Waco / College Station / Houston

Fort Worth - Austin (should be San Antonio) line's stops: Ft. Worth / Waco / Austin / (future) San Antonio

Waco being a possible transfer center...

4 stops for each. After all, those would be the only towns with anything worth having a stop for. The major cities, for obvious reasons. Waco, for being a decent enough sized city. And College Station for A&M.
What's wrong with the first segment being Fort Worth to Austin? Eventually the line would extend but nothing wrong with starting the line to Austin first.
Fort Worth - Austin (should be San Antonio)
I realize that, but why not extend it to San Antonio in the FIRST place?
It connects to a larger metro area, albeit not that much larger. But still...
What's wrong with the first segment being Fort Worth to Austin? Eventually the line would extend but nothing wrong with starting the line to Austin first.
Loop 610 & U.S. 290 Interchange - Houston Construction - Aug 7, 2014

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For the life of me, I can't tell exactly where this interchange is located. Perhaps it is Hwy 90 coming from the west side going eastbound into San Antonio? :dunno:
^^ Gotcha. Man I really need to get back to S.A., as it's been well over 15 years since my last visit. :eek:hno:
Learn more about Texas high-speed rail at these public meetings

Here's a list of the Public Meeting to discuss the HSR and the route

The meetings will have identical hours with an open house at 4:30 pm, a presentation at 6:30 pm and public comments at 7 p.m.
Oct. 21: Dallas Infomart, 1950 N. Stemmons Freeway, suite 1000, Dallas
Oct. 22: IOOF Event Center, 601 N. 45 th St., Corsicana
Oct. 23: Teague Community Center, 511 Main St., Teague
Oct. 27: The Brazos Center, 3232 Briarcrest Drive, Bryan
Oct. 28: Veterans Conference Center, 445 N. State Highway 75, Huntsville
Oct. 29: NRG Center, 1 Reliant Park, Houston
The project itself would be privately funded. Texas Central Railway, a Dallas-based company, is paying for the environmental impact study, which could take about 30 months or more.
The goal is to start construction by 2017.
Looks like a no go for a B/CS stop now

So far, the future ridership from Texas A&M University and the cities doesn't justify the cost to build that connection, Kelly said.
“We just weren’t able to get the numbers to work to serve Bryan/College Station,” Kelly said.
The project will use existing highway or railroad right-of-way as much as possible, requiring a 50 to 100 foot width depending on the elevation.
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