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This morning came out with a proposed new route map by 2035 with the current proposed funding increase, and it seems to include "new services" in the Texas triangle

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New service (presumably much more frequent) to San Antonio, and new service to Dallas via College Station. 

I wonder how they think they'll do that - using existing lines?  Will they pay UP or BNSF to upgrade them?  Will they keep the Amtrak shack or are they planning on consolidating with TCR?

 

I know one of the big bottlenecks in Houston for trains is a crossing downtown called tower 26 that is super busy; can they pump more trains through there without laying more track?

 

Just wanted to start a discussion about this I'm sure there's people who know more about the Houston train network]

 

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from the fact sheet pdf http://media.amtrak.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/04/Amtrak-Connects-US-Fact-Sheet.pdf

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I would guess that instead of just making the Sunset limited more frequent, it's a seperate train (maybe the Alamo Flyer or something) that would be daily (or more frequent) service.  And hopefully faster, though that would take a lot of track work I think

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2 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

The Dallas/College Station/Houston line IS the TCR.  Think they already announced that they would be integrating with Amtrak schedule system...or something.   

Looks like it's using existing UP line...

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16 hours ago, j_cuevas713 said:

With the Presidents proposed infrastructure bill I hope we see upgrades to our station.  

Maybe a third vending machine 

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22 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

The Dallas/College Station/Houston line IS the TCR.  

I don't think so.  At least the line they drew on their map does not look like the routing of the TCR.  As BeerNut said, it looks very much like the UP line.

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5 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

Y’all sure could be right. It’d be interesting for Amtrak to run a parallel service to TCR. They would be servicing a different market, I suppose. 

In a fantasy world it would be similar to Japan where you have more stops available on the slower train but that train would share a train station to have access to HSR.  Would make more sense if there was an actual HSR network.

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Current Amtrak shack is located across the 45 overpass from PostHTX.

I’d like to see the Amtrak station moved to PostHTX, which would be a nicer location (compared to under a freeway overpass) and could still use the existing heavy rail tracks. Since the loading dock is being transformed into covered patio spaces, convert the loading dock area behind Post HTX into a European style train shed that can support Amtrak operations and connect directly to the food hall/shopping and collaborative areas of Post HTX, adding a new audience to help support Post HTX growth and success. This provides vendors at Post HTX with more sales opportunities in the form of train travelers and gives the city better gateway to welcome train travelers to and from Downtown. And if the city eventually uses the existing heavy rail tracks for commuter rail, this could be the station connection to downtown. Think Denver’s Union Station. 

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