Don’t Tell Gov. Perry: U.S. Backs Texas Rail

The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced federal funding of nearly $50 million for train projects in the state of Texas, specifically in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas.

Roughly $34 million will be spent to improve and expand passenger rail in Fort Worth under a program called the Tower 55 project, which is being backed by BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad with $65 million in additional funding.

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The Tower 55 project upgrades are expected to create 900 jobs in the region, and bring in a projected $1 billion in economic growth. Construction on the project is planned to begin early next year.

According to the Transportation Department, $15 million will be allocated for a high-speed rail program that will eventually connect a 240-mile track from Houston to Dallas. News of the projects in Texas came soon after similar investments were announced for California and the Northeast Corridor.

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Aaron Colter is a freelance writer and marketing consultant in Portland, Oregon. A graduate of Purdue University, he has worked for the NCAA, Dark Horse Comics, Willamette Week, AOL, The Huffington Post, Top Shelf Productions, DigitalTrends, theMIX agency, SuicideGirls, EarthTechling, d'Errico Studios and others. He is also the co-founder of, a free record label, recording studio, and distribution service for independent musicians.

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  • Reply October 3, 2011


    Millions? Only millions? WTF – the Stimulus was reportedly BILLIONS!!!! None of it was spent…because the funds simply are not there.nnWe need $500 billion fo9r high speed rail to get traction…that’s less than one year’s DOD spending.

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