Posted on August 16, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Friday, Aug 17 at 3:01 PM
Every day, thousands of people travel between Austin and San Antonio, but not without usually running into some sort of traffic. That’s why one company appears to be hopeful to offer a solution.
Larry Fay is like many San Antonians: hesitant to make a trip to Austin because somewhere along the 80-mile stretch of Interstate 35, he’s bound to run into significant traffic delays.
“When you’re leaving San Antonio, traffic is really heavy," he said. "When you get outside of San Antonio, it gets a little better, then in New Braunfels it starts to get a little heavy."
The Texas Central High-Speed Railway would create a bullet train between the Dallas area and Houston, getting passengers between the two cities in 90 minutes at about 200 miles per hour, according to the Texas Tribune.
After that, the company would likely create a second phase between Austin and San Antonio.
“Having a straight shot? That would be great,” Fay said.
“I would definitely be all for that,” said another San Antonio resident. “There's other things I can get done in-between that time.”
But with the high-speed vision still years away from reality, little else is known about the company’s plan. The project would be privately funded, and that makes some taxpayers like the idea even more.
“If we pay for it, then that’s something we will use, but if I’m not paying for it, I’m not going to use it,” San Antonio resident Jason Alcozer said.
The phase between Dallas and Houston is anticipated to be complete around 2020. KENS 5 reached out to the company behind the vision, but no calls were returned.