Texas’ population and economy are booming, with much of its growth occurring in the already-congested I-35 corridor. While TxDOT continues to explore roadway improvements to keep all of us and our economy moving, other options, such as passenger rail service, fit the needs of many travelers and would reduce demand on the state’s roadways. Through the Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study, TxDOT will consider how passenger rail service could fit into this corridor.
Oklahoma City to South Texas
The Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study will evaluate a range of passenger rail service options in an 850-mile corridor from Oklahoma City to south Texas and will conclude with a service-level environmental impact statement. The study will consider the corridor as a whole, as well as three discrete portions of the corridor:
TxDOT requested scoping comments from the public, local agencies, organizations, and other stakeholders through April 26, 2013. During this time, TxDOT received more than 1,300 comments by email, through the website, by mail, and at public and agency scoping meetings. The study team is now working to compile all comments into a scoping report. When complete, the scoping report will be posted to this website.
Because the corridor extends into Oklahoma, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation is an important partner in the study. In addition, transit service providers, railroads, metropolitan planning organizations, cities and counties, and community members will be engaged throughout the study.