A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from August 13, 2009
Texas T-Bone Corridor (high-speed rail)

The “Texas T-Bone Corridor” is—“T"-shaped like the T-bone steak—the area of central Texas between Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio and Houston. The Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation proposed high-speed rail for the “Texas T-Bone.” The project was considered in 2009 for federal “stimulus” money.

“Texas T-Bone” has been used as a name for this corridor since at least 2003.


Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation
The Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation (THSRTC) is a not-for-profit corporation consisting of local transportation and elected officials from across the state in a grassroots, collaborative effort to realize the first-ever high-speed rail passenger system and multi-modal transportation corridor in Texas called the Texas T-Bone.

25 June 2003, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, “County weighs backing high-speed rail,” Metro section, pg. 1:
Known as the “Texas T-bone” and the “Brazos Express Corridor,” the rail service would connect…

29 February 2004, Fort Worth (TX) Star-Telegram, opinion, pg. 2E:
It’s time for the T-Bone
We really haven’t been here before. Previous proposals to bring high-speed rail to Texas were more or less top-down efforts meant as much to sell trains and rail cars as to move people around the state. But the Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corp. is different. It brings together elected officials along possible rail corridors, and it emphasizes the movement of people.

The Daily Texan
Texas may build high-speed rail system
State seeks federal money to for project to connect major cities

Published: Friday, April 16, 2004
A proposed high-speed rail system that, if built, would connect many of the state’s largest cities, is moving closer to reality.

The planned South Central Corridor initially connected Austin and San Antonio to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, but a recently-passed $284 billion federal transportation bill extended the proposed rail line to Houston through Killeen.

The new line proposal, named the “Texas T-Bone,” would ease travel for Texas students, said David Dean, CEO of a policy consulting firm for the Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation.

Waco (TX) Tribune
9/07/04 Editorial: We need ‘Texas T-Bone’
(...)
Unlike Texas’ previous high-speed rail proposals, the Texas T-Bone, so named due to its shape, would connect more than 70 percent of the state’s population

Fort Worth Forum
Texas T-Bone High Speed Rail, unfortunate name, good idea
dustin
Feb 12 2008, 08:18 AM
On the 10 pm news on channel 11 last night, they had a story about a high speed rail line proposed from DFW to Houston and San Antonio. They called it the Texas Tbone (assuming because the line makes a T right in the middle of the state). Anyways, it looks like it is a Maglev train that could reach speeds of 300+ mph, making the trip to Houston in a little over an hour.

Fort Worth (TX) Weekly (March 5, 2008)
High-Speed Solutions
The idea of passenger rail travel to major Texas cities picks up speed.

By DAN MCGRAW
(...)
The “T-bone” project is Texas’ latest flirtation with high-speed rail. Put forward by the Texas High Speed Rail & Transportation Corp. (THSRTC), a nonprofit group that has the backing of Tarrant, Dallas, and Harris counties, the T-bone would consist of 440 miles of rail linking Fort Worth and Dallas with San Antonio and Houston. The name comes from the map of the proposal: The main line would run down the I-35 corridor from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport to San Antonio, with the line to Houston branching off near Fort Hood, north of Austin.

Fort Worth (TX) Business Press
High-speed rail offers Texas new economic opportunity
BY GARY FICKES
November 24, 2008
It’s 9:30 a.m. and you’ve just left your home in North Richland Hills. You turn into the Smithfield Station at 9:36 a.m. and board “The T Express” commuter rail car to D/FW Airport North Station, arriving at 9:56. Your bags are transferred to the Texas T Bone High Speed Rail at the south end of Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. You ride the People Mover to the Texas T Bone Station.
(...)
I am pleased to serve as the current Secretary of the Texas High Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation (THSRTC). I have traveled the state speaking with city, county and state leaders about these challenges and the enormous possibilities that High Speed Rail holds for Texas. The Texas T-Bone Corridor proposed by the THSRTC, so called because of its “T” shape, would provide high-speed rail connectivity to the more than 16 million Texans currently living in the counties along the Corridor.

Write On Metro
Texas T-Bone: It’s Not a Steak
Tuesday, July 21, 2009 5:40 PM
Texas is ready for its T-Bone, and it’s not a steak.

It’s the corridor of a proposed high-speed rail that would connect Houston - via College Station - to Temple, with that branch linking to Dallas-Ft. Worth, Austin and San Antonio. 

And Texas is standing in line - along with 39 other states - hoping for money from Uncle Sam to build that rail.

Posted by Barry Popik
Texas (Lone Star State Dictionary) • (0) Comments • Thursday, August 13, 2009 • Permalink