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Opinion: High-speed rail would be good for Texas

(The following column appeared on the Fort Worth Star-Telegram website on May 21, 2011.)

FORT WORTH, Texas — Twenty years ago a proposed "bullet train" connecting Dallas-Fort Worth with Houston, Austin and San Antonio seemed on track and picking up speed despite some high-powered opposition.

By 1993 the project had been derailed by several forces: Southwest Airlines didn't want the competition, Central Texas landowners feared a decrease in property values, political leaders were divided or ambivalent and, ultimately, the private developer was unable to raise the required initial funding for the estimated $6.5 billion project.

Full story: Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Monday, May 23, 2011

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