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Dallas high-speed rail plans considered

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Imagine being able to get from Fort Worth to Dallas in 18 minutes or from Dallas to Houston in an hour and a half, without boarding a plane.

It could be possible if high-speed rail comes to Texas.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments laid out its wish list for a high speed rail line on Wednesday night. Some trains would have speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.

 But the fact is, this is still a, I would say this is a strong possibility, but it's not a probability,” said high-speed rail commissioner Bill Meadows.

One idea was to put Arlington on the route, which is good news to commuters like Christie Holland.

"I know a lot of people want to get to Arlington for whatever reason, whether it be for work or even just to go to the mall, so it would be helpful it would bring a lot of business for people who don't have cars,” said Holland.

There are a lot of unknowns that keep the plans on the drafting table. For one: cost. The money isn’t there yet, and some of it would have to be private funds.

However, an expensive ticket on the fast track may be worth it to some.

What are we gaining in ecological advantage?” said commuter Martin Leathers. “What are we gaining in the ways that we're cutting down on carbon emissions on cars? What are the ways we're cutting down in cost of roads and expenses of roads, and what are the long range value and not just the immediate dollar price you can put on it?”

A proposed route would go along the I-30 corridor.       

Benefits could include less traffic, less pollution and more economic development.

"I'm from Spain, and I take it many times to go to the main cities to Barcelona and Madrid,” said high speed rail supporter Teresa Gomez.

And for the doubters, the Director of Transportation for the Council of Governments says, grow up.

We've got to put our big boy pants on and think of the whole State of Texas at one time,” said Morris.


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