There is federal funding through the FAST Act and other programs that can be leveraged for passenger rail if Texas can step up and match it. Other conservative states, like Oklahoma and Utah, dedicate funding for passenger rail and transit and are seeing the benefits of transportation choices for their citizens. Texas has been shut out.
Peter LeCody is the president of Texas Rail Advocates, a Dallas-based group that supports freight and passenger rail development. He is also chairman of the National Association of Railroad Passengers.