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TxDOT seeks public input about possibility of Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail

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Texas Department of Transportation
March 29, 2013, 12:04pm
2,884 views | 6 comments

TxDOT kicks off study with public meetings to research viability of passenger rail line


All meetings run from 6 to 8 p.m.
• April 1 -- San Antonio -- Windcrest Civic Center, 9310 Jim Seal Dr.
• April 2 -- Corpus Christi -- TxDOT Offices, 1701 S. Padre Island Dr.
• April 3 -- Laredo -- TxDOT Offices, 1817 Bob Bullock Ave.
• April 4 -- Harlingen -- Harlingen City Hall, 502 E. Tyler Ave.

Background -- The federally-funded Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study (TOPRS) will evaluate existing passenger rail services in an 850-mile corridor from Oklahoma City to south Texas as a potential future transportation option that can help reduce demands on the state’s roadways, particularly along the highly-congested I-35. These open houses are the first step in a very inclusive process aimed at gathering public input for the study. The above open houses are four of 12 such meetings taking place in March and April along the corridor. The public may view all of the open house locations/dates and provide comments online at

For media inquiries, contact TxDOT Media Relations at or
(512) 463-8700.

Texas Department of Transportation
The Texas Department of Transportation is responsible for maintaining 80,000 miles of road and for supporting aviation, rail, and public transportation across the state. TxDOT and its 11,000 employees are committed to working with others to provide safe and reliable transportation solutions for Texas by maintaining a safe system, addressing congestion, connecting Texas communities, and being a Best in Class state agency. Find out more at . Fan us on Facebook,; and follow us on Twitter,

Your Opinions and Comments

Equatorial Guinea, West Africa  
April 3, 2013 1:19pm
Amtrak is a big hole the gubmint tosses cash into with no hope of recovery for a reason, it's EXPENSIVE and SLOW, nobody wants to go through the hassle of riding it, a bad investment. Compared to the Yankee states we have no... More ›

4 th Generation Texan  
Sutherland Springs  
April 2, 2013 4:17pm
Stupid, expensive, and a big waste of time. Is that enough opinion for them? With all the water projects, highways, bridges, etc that are needed and they want to spend several billions of dollars on a train that few will... More ›

April 2, 2013 7:11am
Build a rail system that will only fill up once a year is crazy. OU and TEXAS only play once a year.

New Guy  
Wilson County  
April 1, 2013 4:19pm
I thought Perry did not want Federal tax money in this great state? Another example of him double talking....

Sam Eagle  
Muppet Land  
April 1, 2013 3:56pm
It's time for passenger rail to be privatized, maybe bid out for a government contract. Amtrash is stinking up the joint. Texas is far too large not to have reliable passenger rail travel. It would take a lot of cars off... More ›

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
April 1, 2013 12:53pm
From toll roads to federally funded passenger rail service, TxDot is there when you need 'em. If this line is even close to being a feasible operation wonder why some private railroad isn't doing it? Ok, Ok, that wasn't really... More ›

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