07 Apr

High speed rail’s future may yet be in Texas

I have this strong suspicion that the first high speed rail demonstrator in the US will probably be in Texas given the troubles California is running into. Still, if it’s demonstrated in Texas, struggles into California, and the North East Corridor continues making improvements, we may yet see an idea who’s time is well over due. And having it work in Texas will take it back out of the culture war it somehow slipped into and back into ‘does it work for this leg’ sort of discussion that’s really more interesting.

“Dallas and Houston are the ideal distance for high-speed rail, about 230 miles apart. A one-way rail trip is expected to take less than 90 minutes.
Each metro area is an economic powerhouse. Dallas and Houston have fast-growing, young populations that are roughly the same size.

The cities are also separated by flat terrain, a better fit for the closed corridor and dedicated track necessary to reach speeds of 200 mph. No costly tunnels needed.”

(Via For high-speed rail’s future in Texas, the private sector dares to go where government won’t | Dallas Morning News.)

Oh, yeah, combine that with Texas showing some serious wind power inroads (over a third of the energy produced for a brief moment not too long ago), you have an interesting dichotomy happening there.