High-speed rail

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High-speed rail

Your editorial on why the high-speed rail station should be at the D/FW Airport was spot on. (See: “Only one place to start a fast train to Houston,” May 1) As this issue has played out, I would shake my head at the inconvenience of most options and wonder why they weren’t being eliminated for lack of common sense.

You need the infrastructure and location to get the most people using the service, getting cars off the road and offering a lower-cost option to airfare. Putting the station near D/FW Airport uses the centralized location most effectively.

There certainly could and should be stops at other locations in the metro area before the train takes its bullet ride south. But to place the main stop in southeast Dallas would cut ridership immensely. People would have to drive 45 minutes or so to catch the train. Make that an hour car drive, and they may just decide to keep on driving the interstate south. Our roads don’t need that, and neither does our air quality.

Making train use a success requires a thoughtful and smart decision to place it where it will be used most — near D/FW Airport.

— Dave Simon, Grapevine

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