TRANSPORTATION The Shrinking Of Texas

TRANSPORTATION The Shrinking Of Texas

It isn't faster than a speeding bullet, but for Lone Star staters in a hurry the so-called bullet train authorized last week by the Texas high-speed rail authority may be the next best thing: a 200-m.p.h. high-tech wonder that . should eventually link Dallas, Houston, San Antonio and Austin in a 620-mile commuter triangle -- America's first ultrafast rail line.

Texas went to the private sector for a train that could traverse the unending stretches of the Old West at a pace compatible with 21st century business. The winner of the 50-year franchise for the $5.5 billion project: Texas TGV, an...

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