Study to decide feasibility of a high-speed rail system in Texas receives federal funding

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A 14 million dollar transportation study that could potentially bring a high-speed rail service to Texas has received the necessary funding from the federal government.

The Texas Department of Transportation announced Monday it had aligned all the funds necessary to begin a 2-year study which will focus on the planning, engineering and environmental impact of a high-speed rail system in the state.

The proposed high-speed rail system will connect metropolitan cities between Oklahoma City and Brownsville, including Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. According to a map released by TxDOT, the proposed rail system spans more than 850 miles.

Earlier this year, TxDOT studied the possibility of a high-speed rail service between Austin and Houston with costs estimated at one billion dollars.

The project is part of the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail Program established in 2009. According to the Federal Railroad Administration’s website, the program’s goal is to provide 80 percent of Americans access to high-speed rail within the next 25 years.

The transportation study is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.