Whoa Momma! Did You See That Railroad Train Blow By?

March 1, 2015

Faster than a speeding bullet, America’s love affair with the train may be on the verge of a revival. Should you have any doubt how deep that love once ran, drop by… Wikipedia… and scroll through the hundreds and hundreds of songs about trains.

The rebirth of the train is being lead by the Texas Central High Speed Railway working in partnership with The Central Japan Railway Company, the folks who run the Shinkansen a/k/a: The Bullet Train in Japan. The Japanese have more than 50 years of experience in running and maintaining high-speed rail which they bring to the Texas project. It remains to be seen if they will be a long-term partner in the deal but for now they are active engineering partners… TCR has the ambitious aim of creating high-speed rail service between Houston and Dallas, Texas, by 2021…

What TCR is doing is very different from the way the dream of high-speed rail is manifesting itself in the Golden State. For one, the California project is run by the government. Second, the California dream comes with a bill for taxpayers. And if I were a taxpayer in California I would have a severe case of heartburn because the high-speed rail between Los Angeles and San Francisco is going to cost somewhere between $56-Billion and $100-Billion, depending on what forecast you believe. The other difference is 8 years. California hopes to have its rail running by 2029.

The Texas project is all private money…

Read the rest of the story in Forbes, 27 February 2015. The article includes an audio interview with Richard Lawless, CEO and Chairman of Texas Central High-Speed Rail.

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