News Release

New Rail Line Grant Puts Texas on the Right Track

For Immediate Release

Statement of TexPIRG Advocate Melissa Cubria:

“The U.S. DOT made a key new investment in high-speed rail in Texas, recognizing the importance of building a world-class rail network and boosting short-term job growth.

“The passenger rail line will connect Oklahoma City to the Rio Grande, providing Texas residents with a convenient, reliable alternative to congested roadways and airports. It will reduce our dependence on oil and make Texas a more attractive place to do business.

“The federal high-speed rail grants received overwhelming interest across the country, with 77 applications from 25 states requesting a total of $8.5 billion.

“Congress should back up this investment with long-term, dedicated funding for high-speed rail in the next transportation bill to ensure that high-speed rail stays on track,” said Cubria.

Support Us

Your donation supports TexPIRG's work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter, especially when powerful interests are blocking progress.

Consumer Alerts

Join our network and stay up to date on our campaigns, get important consumer updates, and take action on critical issues.
Optional Member Code

TexPIRG is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to getting things done.