This rail plan is part and parcel of the Trans Texas Corridor (TTC). It's also no coincidence that this uptick in interest in rail occurs when several bills have been filed in the Texas legislature to give TxDOT the authority to enter into controversial public private partnerships (the financing mechanism of the TTC) to build the rail components of the TTC without the radioactive name.
TxDOT to hold meetings about potential rail corridor to Oklahoma
by BAILEY MCGOWAN
Posted on March 26, 2013
The Texas Department of Transportation will hold three meetings in the North Texas area over the next two weeks looking for input on the possibility of a Texas-Oklahoma passenger rail.
The possible 850-mile stretch of rail would go from Oklahoma City to South Texas in order to alleviate some of the heavily condensed traffic along roads like Interstate 35, according to Mark Cross, an information specialist for TxDOT.
“The state and the federal government is looking into implementing more rail throughout the country, and this is just an extension of that,” Cross said.
The meetings are just three of 12 meetings being held throughout Texas and Oklahoma to get people’s opinions about what is needed and wanted from the potential rail corridor, Cross said.
There is no formal alignment for where the rail would be yet.
Meetings will be from 6-8 p.m. at the following locations:
March 28 – Fort Worth – TxDOT Training Offices, 2501 S.W. Loop 820
April 2 – Sherman – Sherman Senior Center, 1500 N. Broughton St.
April 3 – Dallas – DFW Minority Supplier Development Council (MSDC) Offices, 8828 N. Stemmons Fwy., Ste. 550