So what are your thoughts on this as an intelligent plan for decreasing congestion and increasing mobility? What about environmental impacts? Is it worth the dough? Would us Texans actually use the rail component???
Suburb Repairman said:I love the idea of diverting freight lines out of the congested cities so you don't have to deal with the traffic snarls train crossings create. Texas State alumni know what I mean here. That frees up the metro lines for localized commuter rail. (Union Pacific and Burlington Northern own most of the lines in Texas, part of why passenger rail is not popular here)
B O B C A T S :-D sorry, couldn't help it!
I couldn't agree more with getting the bug trucks off I35, expecially the tricky lower I35 in Austin (although last time I was back they've taken out a few of the suicide exit and entrance ramps)... but last I heard Austin was still having trouble getting the land needed to expand I35 through downtown anyway. If highways would have to be diverted around smaller areas where ROW aquisition is an issue I can only imagine the smaller highway towns with one gas station getting upset about a possible loss of revenue.
I think, depending on price, tollways could work. I loved the tollways in Dallas, I took the GB to work everyday in Plano and I was always on the Tollroads to go out on the weekends. People who travel more, and those of us stuck to our cars, could get the same toll tag decal.