High Speed Rail Corridor Hopes to Move Forward

By: Stephanie Palmer Email
By: Stephanie Palmer Email

The Texas High Speed Rail Corridor hopes to move full speed ahead. The proposed rail line has been in the works for several years. It would connect major cities in Texas, including Bryan-College Station, with a T-bone formation.

The line would mirror similar lines in Europe and Asia. That's if planners can get the green light for construction from federal and the state governments. As the population rapidly grows in Texas, some government leaders are looking to move people around the state quick, fast, and in a hurry.

Members of a board to promote the Texas High Speed Rail were in town on Friday. The rail would travel up to 200 miles an hour.

"I think it would attract some business to our area, when the ability to move to those major cities and out community becomes easy," said Royce Hickman, B-CS Chamber of Commerce.

An exact route has not been mapped out for the Bryan College Station area. But, there wouldl also be stops in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and Houston.

"We move a lot of students in and out of the community on a regular basis, said Hickman. "I'm thinking about students that go home on the weekend, or home for spring break."

As more people continue to migrate to Texas, there going to be a greater need for an airport that will take to other locations. That's according to John H. Happ, the Director of Aviation for Easterwood Airport.

He says by connecting the Brazos Valley to the major cities in Texas, a high speed rail line isn't expected to compete with the local airport, but rather leave it open to expand to more destinations.

"I don't mind taking a rail line and being on my way right now, said Cooper Harrelson, a traveler at Easterwood Airport. I just don't know how well they work."

Harrelson was a traveler, in our area, heading first to Dallas then to Colorado. He welcomes the convenience of a rail line, but so far he isn't convinced if it is a good idea.

"Where do you park your vehicle?, said Harrelson. "Is it exposed?"

"Once you get to your destination, how do you get where you are going?"

"What's the cost?"

Airport officials say the cost for a rail way ticket is projected be 60 to 80% of a plane ticket. There's no word yet how much it could cost to build the corridor. And so far, a construction date has not been set.

Since a route hasn't been mapped our for the Brazos Valley, its not clear how it will affect land owners. But, officials say the rail will be elevated in order to have a little disruption as possible.


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