Yes, it’s true, we love our cars. And it’s true that light-rail in Houston has mostly been a big (train) wreck. But what to think about high-speed rail connecting major cities in Texas?
You may remember the push back in the early ‘90s for the Texas Triangle linking Houston, San Antonio and Dallas by high-speed-rail. If so, you’ll probably also recall how the plan got scuttled by a lobbying push from Southwest Airlines.
Today Governor Perry seems bent on tying his legacy to the 4,000-mile-long Trans Texas-Corridor. It’s controversial, as can be expected for any project that includes gobbling up hundreds of thousands of acres of land. And it’s expensive, with projected costs as high as $180 billion.