Study for high-speed rail line between OK-TX open for review


AUSTIN (KXAN) — Even though the Lone Star Rail project connecting Georgetown to San Antonio might be stalled indefinitely, the Texas Department of Transportation is still considering a rail from Oklahoma City, Okla. to South Texas.

On Wednesday afternoon, the public can stop by TxDOT’s Austin office to review the initial study on the proposed 850-mile rail line. The Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study looked at the feasibility of developing the rail, which could either be Amtrak-style or a true high-speed rail option.

  • Conventional Rail: Trains would travel at speeds ranging from 70-90 mph; service could be on existing tracks
  • Higher Speed Rail: Trains would travel at speeds ranging from 110-125 mph; service could be on existing and new tracks
  • High Speed Rail: Trains would travel at speeds ranging from 165-220 mph; service would be on new tracks designed for HSR

The study broke the rail service into three segments: a northern segment from Oklahoma City to Dallas/Fort Worth; a central segment running from DFW to San Antonio; and the southernmost section from San Antonio to South Texas. The study also determined the environmental impacts, construction cost and operation and maintenance costs for the various segments. Each section could potentially have a different type of rail service.

The open house starts at 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 10 at 7901 N. I-35 in Austin. The presentation starts at 6 p.m. If you can’t make it to the hearing but still want to review the study, you can do so Monday through Friday at TxDOT Rail Division, 125 E. 11th St. in Austin.

Written comments may be submitted either in person or by mail to:

TxDOT Rail Division

Mr. Mark Werner

125 E. 11th St.

Austin, TX 78704

All the comments will be evaluated and addressed in the final environmental impact study, which is expected this winter.

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