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Fri Nov 13, 2015, 10:56 AM

Texas Rail Prospects Tempt French, Chinese, Japanese

Despite its car-is-king reputation, Texas has emerged as a hot market for international rail firms betting the state is ripe for a boom in high-speed rail projects.

For more than three years, Texas Central Partners has drawn attention with its plans to develop a Dallas-Houston high-speed rail line using Japanese trains. While that project is furthest along, French and Chinese rail interests are more quietly discussing the prospects for rail projects with state and local officials.

“There comes a time when adding lanes is not a solution anymore, and that’s when you realize you need more public transportation,” said Alain Leray, president of SNCF America, the U.S. subsidiary of French rail operator SNCF. The company has been talking with Texas officials in earnest for about a year about potential rail projects, Leray said.

Chinese-backed rail interests have also approached some transportation officials in Texas about future projects, several transportation officials confirmed. Requests for comment through the Chinese consulate in Houston were not returned.

Read more: http://www.texastribune.org/2015/11/11/chinese-french-join-japan-texas-rail-hunt/

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Fri Nov 13, 2015, 02:14 PM

1. We need hst master plan

We need hst master plan for whole country rather than ad hoc in each state. Like Ike s interstate highway system.

A countrywide hst will provide jobs and full employment for next 30 years. Trains and bogies built w us steel. Lines and stations built w us labor.

But republicrats will have no part in it. They want to return to 50s.

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