Aggieland Hopes to Be Railroaded

Feasibility study completed on Austin-Houston route

Friday, Feb 17, 2012  |  Updated 9:26 AM CDT
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Aggieland Hopes to Be Railroaded

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State transportation officials have completed a feasibility study into launching passenger rail service from Austin to Houston via Bryan-College Station.

The Texas Department of Transportation says the study is a first step toward making the idea a reality. Ridership and profitability studies and funding decisions lie ahead.

However, rail systems director Jennifer Muczygemba says the public and local governments have shown strong interest in passenger rail. The state has prioritized lines from Dallas to Houston and San Antonio. However, she tells The Eagle of Bryan-College Station that a Houston-Austin line could receive a high priority, and Aggieland could find a place on it.

Of the four options being considered, one would pass through Bryan-College Station, while two others would include spurs from Bryan-College Station to the main line.

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