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Passenger rail feasibility under scrutiny

August 24, 2016 GMT

Rio Grande Valley residents have until Sunday to comment on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) that will help determine whether passenger rail service someday returns to the Valley and points north.

The last passenger train pulled out in the mid-1960s.

The DEIS is part of the Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study (TOPRS) being conducted by the Texas Department of Transportation and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation to gauge the feasibility of establishing passenger train service along an 850-mile corridor from Oklahoma City to South Texas.

Among the potential southern routes presented by the DEIS study is one linking Brownsville, Harlingen and McAllen to San Antonio and points north via Alice and George West. Separate east-west legs would connect Laredo and Corpus Christi via Alice and San Diego.

A “recommended preferred alternative” for South Texas calls for “higher-speed” rail, which can operate on conventional tracks but is faster than conventional rail with speeds up to 125 mph.

sclark@brownsvilleherald.com

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