Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Texas gubernatorial candidate touts high speed rail

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Campaigning for the Republican nomination for governor of Texas, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison is advancing the concept of high speed rail to connect Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

Hutchison cited her support for such a plan Tuesday during a campaign stop in Tyler, Tex. She also asserted positions on other transport matters, calling for increased transparency at the Texas Department of Transportation, a restructuring of the Texas Transportation Commission, and more restrictions on toll roads.

Hutchison has been a staunch supporter of Amtrak throughout her Senate career, though she habitually has lamented and criticized the lack of adequate rail service from the national rail passenger carrier outside the Northeast Corridor.