I've attended several conferences in the state and frankly they are still a couple of generations from realizing the need and benefit of passenger rail there. Shameful really in a state with 3 metropolitan areas ranked in the top ten in the nation (4th, 6th and 10th) and with distances between the cities that represent the "sweetspot" for high speed passenger rail developments. Without any significant rail infrastructure to carry potential HSR patrons the "last mile" in two of those metropolitan areas, the likelihood of HSR moving forward is relatively remote. The state spends the lowest per capita on public transportation that almost every state in the union. And waiting around for the Japanese or other international investors to foot the bill for the much needed capital investments will likely prove to be a long wait. I'm not sure what the person in the position could be expected to do to change things? It might be better to wait for Texans to see how Cailfornia and some of the other states tackle their congestion problems. Clearly, the continued expansion of the interstates, highways and airports with the diminishing revenue from the "gas tax" is not a sustainable plan.
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