High-speed rail proponents hope to use a public-private partnership to build a high-speed system in the “Texas Triangle” megaregion by 2020, according to the Houston Chronicle. A similar attempt failed 15 years ago, but members of the Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation are reaching out to former opponents and believe the current effort will succeed. Several lawmakers have expressed support for the proposal, and Gov. Rick Perry believes that high-speed rail is a possibility as Texas cities become denser and more populated. The 200 mph trains would connect Austin, Dallas/Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio and would run to airports, at a projected cost of $12 billion to $18 billion.
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