Lone Star Rail has leveraged less than a half-million dollars in contributions from Austin into more than $65 million in investments thus far from state and federal agencies, yet American-Statesman transportation writer Ben Wear asks whether we should call the project off because it is taking too long to build and it might not happen at all. He questions whether Union Pacific will move to make way for the Lone Star, which he admits (above) is this region’s best hope for relieving traffic.
This despite the fact that Union Pacific Railroad — who ought to know — recently wrote to Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe that they, at least, believe that negotiations to relocate their trains out of the city “will be successful.”
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Covington is chairman of the Lone Star Rail District. Wells is vice chairman.