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General discussion of passenger rail proposals and systems not otherwise covered in the specific forums in this category, including high speed rail.

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  by electricron
Gilbert B Norman wrote: Mon Sep 21, 2020 8:53 pm Ron, the segment I was addressing was the proposed route of I-95 through Northeast Wash - an area "not exactly Georgetown".

Get out a map of Wash and locate where the 395 ends @ NY Ave. Then locate where 95 and 495 diverge sort of near the New Carrollton Station. Draw a line between those two points and "more or less" that was the proposed segment the NIMBY lobby successfully "whacked" during the 60's.
1960s being the key time frame. The EPA Act was passed in Congress in 1969, and the EPA was formed in 1970. Afterwards!

You really do not believe President Nixon was a die hard environmentalist who did not wish to see highways built, do you?

While the EPA purpose is to protect the environment, it is not designed to kill projects. It sets up processes to identify, then mitigate problems, so that the project in question gets built. Years are added to the project planning it, but the project will eventually get built incorporating all the mitigation measures.

Take the SMART train as an example. They were rebuilding a railroad line in the swamps of the north San Francisco Bay. Building in or over any waters in the USA is an environmental issue. To mitigate any new environmental damages, SMART mitigated that by removing an abandoned marina in the swamp. SMART was able to finish its project by spending more on something completely different in the swamp. Environmental justice some might call it. Never-the-less, SMART was able to finish the railway.

And that is what all these EIS processes under the EPA ultimately do.
  by Pensyfan19
¨Yare Yare Daze¨ (Jotaro Kujo, Jojo's Bizarre Adventures) [translates to ¨Good Grief¨]

https://trn.trains.com/news/news-wire/2 ... backtracks
The Dallas Morning News reports that Abbott, the Republican in his second term as governor, sent a letter last week to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga saying, “This venture has my full support as Governor of Texas, and I am hopeful that final negotiations of this project with Japan can be concluded so that construction can begin. … Public support and momentum are on our side, and this project can be completed swiftly.”

But after Texans Against High Speed Rail publicized the letter and asked its backers to register their opposition, a spokesman for the governor told the newspaper that Abbott is reconsidering his position, saying he could support the project only if “the private property rights of Texans are fully respected. .. The Governor’s Office will re-evaluate this matter after gathering additional information from all affected parties.”

Last edited by Jeff Smith on Thu Oct 08, 2020 9:32 am, edited 1 time in total. Reason: edited for brief, fair-use quote
  by eolesen
Surprised that an elected official might change his stance based on how his constituents reacted to something?

I thought that's how things were supposed to work.
  by electricron
We are in election season presently, just wait another month for the elections to be over and watch the winds change again.
  by GojiMet86
‘Texas Shinkansen’ using JR Tokai’s trains cleared by U.S.


The Yomiuri Shimbun
The U.S. government announced Tuesday it had drawn up safety standards and completed procedures for an environmental impact assessment for a high-speed rail project in Texas that will be supported by Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai).

The document was published in the Federal Register, the official U.S. government gazette, and the rule described will come into effect on Dec. 3.

“It is epoch-making because the safety of the Tokaido Shinkansen line was recognized by a U.S. authority,” a JR Tokai official told The Yomiuri Shimbun.

JR Tokai intends to export its new N700S series trains.

The “Texas Shinkansen” project is for a 385-kilometer-long high-speed rail system connecting Dallas and Houston. U.S. company Texas Central is expected to start construction next year, aiming for the line to start operations in 2026.

Funding for the project, which is expected to cost $20 billion (about ¥2.1 trillion), might face challenges due to the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
  by electricron
Most of the hurdles Texas Central needed to leap over they can check off the list, but there are a few left to jump over. Buying the land for a complete corridor, and raising the money to build the service. Good luck!
  by ziggyzack1234
The hurdle of the Surface Transportation Board is now a very large one, of the fly or die variety. By asking for jurisdiction and getting it but not being exempt from an application, the railroad has put itself on some ice. Sure this insulates them from some local BS that rural politicians have been continuously trying to pull, but the railroad has placed itself solely in the STBs' hands. According to the Texas Tribune as of a few days ago, Texas Central has yet to submit the application. It's hard to say if it's delayed, or this is just how long it takes. I have confidence they will get the thumbs up from them, but I also have to be the devil's advocate here.

For the money, they got about half (~$10 Billion) as of a few weeks ago.
For the land, they have 40% of parcels as of that same Texas Tribune article from a few days ago.
There are also a couple of lesser-known permits that they need to get before construction.

Guess we just sit and wait.
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