Passenger Rail Options Considered Along Interstate 35 Corridor

DALLAS (April 1, 2013)--Transportation officials are considering the feasibility of adding high-speed passenger service and other rail upgrades along a corridor extending from Oklahoma City to South Texas.

The Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study is looking at how changes to passenger rail service would help reduce traffic congestion along the Interstate 35 corridor, which includes Waco and Temple as well as Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin and San Antonio.

Transportation officials are holding meetings along the corridor and will accept comments through April 26.

The $11 million study will also look at funding options for any plan.

In California this summer, officials will start work on the first stretch of track for a $68 billion bullet train that will link Northern and Southern California with trains at speeds as fast as 220 miles per hour.

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