Just days after examining the transit options between the U.S. metropolises, Politico is reporting that Central Texas might have a brand new travel option that could give Amtrak a run for its money. The private Texas Central Railway, is working on a bullet train project between Dallas and Houston, which would connect Texas’ two largest cities.
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Texas Central Railway is working in conjunction with the Japan Railway Co., which is the same company that created the N700-I bullet train between Tokyo and Osaka. Similar to the N700-I, the Texas Central Railway’s website said the train will travel upwards of 200 mph and be able to take riders between Dallas and Houston in only 90 minutes.
That means the Texas bullet train would be able to complete the 240-mile trip just under 2 1/2 times faster than a car and would take only about 30 minutes more than flying, according to Google Maps estimates. Continue reading →
In our latest student-written story, a chemistry major at the University of Texas talks about his car-free conversion.
Andrew Hartford with his bike
By Andrew Hartford
Before I came to Austin, Texas for college, I lived in a car-dependent suburb of San Antonio. During my high school years there, I bought a car, submitting to societal pressure and parental advice.
According to my dad, buying the car was an investment. “You can’t get a job without a car,” he told me. At job interviews, one of the recurring questions I was asked was, “Do you have a car?” lending to the notion that a car symbolized personal reliability and competence. I was under the false pretense that cars meant freedom and that somehow without one, I’d be less attractive as an employee.
I worked long hours at a fast food restaurant, only to realize I was putting my paycheck directly back into the very thing that was supposed to help me earn money. I began to grow disdainful about this costly thing that society seemed to be obsessed with. I felt as though my car was a complete drag on my life; not only having to pay for it but having to maintain it as well.
In addition, I felt guilty that it polluted the air and used up precious fossil fuels that take thousands of years to form. This did not feel like “freedom” to me.
The final straw for my car ownership was when I got into an accident the summer of 2010. Continue reading →