High-speed rail depot

Posted Wednesday, May. 15, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Let’s face it: If the high-speed rail system’s northern terminus is southeast of Dallas, it’s going to be difficult to get it to the western part of the Metroplex.

With billions of dollars worth of transportation projects currently being constructed to make it easier to get in and out of the airport, it seems foolish and imprudent for our residents’ tax dollars to rebuild the same infrastructure elsewhere. We must leverage our existing assets, not duplicate them.

If the high-speed rail line must go through downtown Dallas to the west, there is a substantial question as to how it will get to Fort Worth. With constrained right of ways, clogged rail corridors, and the amount of space necessary, one wonders if the geometrics will allow the train to leave downtown Dallas without taking out a skyscraper, hotel or Dealey Plaza.

The airport is the right place.

— Timothy Welch, City Council member,

North Richland Hills

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