State legislators representing San Antonio and Austin wrote a letter to the House Transportation Committee chairman Rep. Terry Canales, D-Edinburg, asking him to research passenger rail options between the cities in advance of the next legislative session.
Canales confirmed he has received several requests for the Legislature to review corridor rail concepts.
Previous attempts have failed to connect Austin and San Antonio by rail and reduce congestion. The Lone Star Rail District proposal collapsed when a rail partner pulled out of the project and the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO) withdrew funding in 2016.
Rep. Ray Lopez, D-San Antonio, who served on the City Council in San Antonio during that city’s passenger rail conversations, said the corridor rail plan could be successful with support from the state.
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