About a year ago there wassome big back-and-forthing over the viability of a high-speed rail connecting Dallas and Houston
. But since then, we've heard next to nothing. Except: Our sister paper in Houston
this morning to news of a Monday-morning meeting during which Yoshiyuki Kasai, the chairman ofCentral Japan Railway
, pitched the idea to the Greater Houston Partnership.
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The company is developing plans to build a Houston/Dallas high speed rail (largely privately financed) as the first phase of a Texas system, according to the GHP invitation. Kasai used the meeting to brief the region's business leaders on the details and opportunities that Houston-Dallas high-speed rail service would bring to the Houston region.
I spoke with the Greater Houston Partnership's spokesperson, who's tracking down (heh) more info. Follow-up forthcoming.