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TxDOT Discussing Possible OKC-South Texas Rail

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:12 PM CDT

As the population and economy in Texas boom, there's no denying so does the gridlock, as seen daily on I-35 and MoPac daily. In the next 20 years or so, TxDOT says the problem will likely only get worse. On Wednesday evening, they're asking for the public's help in looking beyond more highways to ease the congestion by holding a meeting about the possibility of passenger rail.

The potential area covers 850 miles from Oklahoma City to South Texas. But before they can build it, they have to see if it works. That study, which runs through next fall, will cost $14 million. The goal: to look at the best possible options for the development of passenger trains, including speed, that will connect major metro areas like Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, and San Antonio. The Austin open house is part of that process.

If built, TxDOT officials say the OKC-South Texas line could provide the foundation for a high speed rail system that would eventually connect all the major metro areas in Texas. Building that rail system could cost billions in taxpayer dollars.

Both state and federal dollars are funding the study. The meeting starts at 6 pm and is expected to go until 8 pm at TxDOT's office at 7901 N. I-35 Building 7. The agency is also holding several similar meetings across the state.

By Adam BennettTxDOT Discussing Possible OKC-South Texas Rail

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