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Passenger Rail Service Between OKC and South Texas? There’s a Study for That

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is moving forward on another step of a federally funded study to determine the feasibility of passenger rail service between Oklahoma City and South Texas. The $7 million Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study covers an 850-mile swath into three segments: Oklahoma City to Dallas-Fort Worth; Dallas-Fort Worth to San Antonio; and San Antonio to South Texas.

The latest phase of the study determined passenger rail service of up to 220 miles per hour between DFW and San Antonio is feasible. It also determined that passenger rail service from San Antonio, through Laredo, TX, to Monterrey, Mexico, could be feasible. The phase followed public input and environmental considerations.

The next steps would include a project-level environmental study to determine actual routes and environmental impacts of the service, before construction and start of service. A private developer could then step forward to determine future project possibilities.

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