Monday, February 27, 2012

Isn’t it time for passenger rail?

by Jeff Coyle kgbtexasdmt

One of the items on the agenda for the SA to DC trip is “legislation to expedite projects providing new or improved rail passenger service in existing rail corridors or on existing rail lines as well.” Specifically, the delegation is hoping the federal government will help move forward the Lone Star Rail District’s plans for a 15-stop passenger rail service linking the Austin and San Antonio metro areas.

After a recent derailment of a freight train and subsequent story by KENS-TV asking why the state comptroller has yet to release the $182 million allocated in 2009 for rail relocation, has the issue top-of-mind. So I pulled aside Lone Star Rail District board member and Bexar County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson for an update on the project.

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