Originally Posted by guyladouche
My understanding is that they were implying that it would still be subject to all of the transportation regulations, regardless of where the money comes from. Nothing to do with sandbagging a privately-funded project.
My whole argument here is that 1. The train will not be able to go at its top speed for the whole trip, and only in short burst. 2. It must abide by the local and state laws about train travel ( same rules AmTrack has to follow ) 3. It will still take several hours to travel from houston to dfw by train. 4. it will not be a direct route.
Also, the Souce is very very biased, Its all coming from the guy who is seeking investors, If I was asking people to give me money, I would tell them all the good things while hiding the bad stuff as well.
Also, even at a direct route with only 2 stops ( houston / dfw ) the ticket prices would be insane, where it would be much cheaper to drive or fly.
Think of it this way, You can buy your Ferarri ( bullet train ) that can do 200mph with your own money ( private investors) , but you still have to abide by local and state laws ( speed limits / TxDOT train transportation regulations ) and also, in your car, you will need to stop for gas ( people ) every once in a while, not to mention, gas stations (train stations) are going to be easily found along the most populated cities along your route, vs BFE east texas.
But don't get me wrong, I would love to take a train to DFW, its just impractical to think I will be doing it at 200mph, or that the travel time will be less than it takes to hop in my car and drive.Edited by Jixr - 5/14/12 at 11:23am