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Bullet Train Plan Sparks North Texas Turf War, by Aman Batheja

photo by: Norihiro Kataoka

Story: Bullet Train Plan Sparks North Texas Turf War, by Aman Batheja.

Another on the Texas passenger train idea.  I’ve had this in the buffer for a while and just noticed it again now.

Two quotes amuse me:

“[…] this latest plan to make passenger rail work in highway-loving Texas.”

“Highway-loving Texas.”  Let’s see what there is for them to love.

There are several thousand miles of expressway in Texas, most of which can be used at no direct cost to the user, 24 hours per day, every day of the year.

There are three intercity trains in Texas.  One of the trains runs from Chicago to San Antonio via Longview, Dallas, and Ft Worth once per day in each direction.  Three days a week, you can connect in San Antonio with a train that makes it’s way from New Orleans to Los Angeles via Houston, San Antonio, and El Paso.  There is another daily train that connects at Ft Worth for Norman and OKC.

So if a Texan wanted to love a train instead, they wouldn’t have much opportunity, would they?  I maintain that so many people drive in Texas because they have no other rational choice.  The same is true in most of the rest of the country, of course.

The other is this:

““It is, at the moment, considered to be a 100 percent privately financed venture, so in some respects, we may be limited to what our authority is,” [NTCOG senior program manager Tom] Shelton said.”

It’s a 100% privately financed venture as someone just said. What makes government officials think they have any authority? Yes, there are land-use regulations through which they can exercise some control, but if the company thinks it will make more sense to have a station in Waxahachie instead of Ft Worth, then that’s where they’re going to put their station.

McDonnell aggressively pursued risky U.S. 460 plan, report says


US 460 in Virginia. The western end of this route was largely replaced by Interstate 64.

Story: McDonnell aggressively pursued risky U.S. 460 plan, report says.

“[…] the U.S. 460 project could cost the state up to $500 million even if it is never built.”

Remember the mantra:  passenger trains and transit lose money but highways pay for themselves.

Have We Reached Peak Road?


Green is gravel, Blue is hard surface (asphalt, concrete)

Story: Have We Reached Peak Road?

Maybe.  As the writer notes, the other two peaks (peak VMT and peak vehicles/capita) have both coincided with the Great Recession as have these data, so it’s too early to say for certain.

I’d like to think Congress would recognize that new roads were unnecessary and just concentrate on maintaining the old infrastructure.

Hahahahahahaha!  Never!

MythBusters test a four-way stop vs. a rou^H^H^Hrotary.

Title Screen, Mythbusters, Ep 207

MythBusters test a four-way stop vs. a roundabout rotary.

I lived  in Massachusetts too long to call them anything but rotaries. Their prevalence there is likely due to their roads being laid out by wandering cows and not by surveyors from the Public Land Survey System.  They are not always the right choice for an intersection but please note the results of their testing.