Citizen Activist Natalie Genco and Chris Putnam (Colleyville, TX Councilman) present the cons of this TEXRAIL project. In this 27 mile, $27 million (costs to deploy) per mile commuter rail project, Putnam says that “TEXRAIL is NOT lite rail like DART, its diesel powered locomotives and there is a reason for that and that is because the dirty secret of Texrail is that it is also going to be used for expanded commercial freight…………corporate welfare…“.
In referencing the Ft Worth Transportation data, Putnam said “…no significant improvements on air quality or congestion, again this is a DIESEL TRAIN”.
In the video, someone in the audience says that $237K per year is funded by the City of Arlington for the TRE.
Here is a link to a petition you can sign if you are not delighted with this impending trainwreck.
Here is State Senator Konni Burton’s Op ed in the Star Telegram on this.
HOWEVER on the flip side here is an argument for support of the project…
“The proposed commuter route would follow existing rail lines from downtown Fort Worth, northeast to downtown Grapevine and then into the north entrance of Dallas-Fort Worth Airport.”
Operating on existing freight tracks, the route would provide direct access to all activity centers in the corridor, and would connect with other transportation services, including the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) commuter rail service, AMTRAK, and The T’s downtown bus transfer center at the downtown Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center (ITC) and T&P Station.
In the ENVIRONMENTAL page for this project, only lights and train sounds were addressed. In relation to vibrations….
“The T and Chesapeake are in agreement that rail platforms, track and other components of the rail project may be safely constructed, operated and maintained above natural gas pipelines, provided that the pipeline conforms to all federal and state regulations, and city ordinances. The project team has been in constant communications with Chesapeake, and will continue to work with Chesapeake and other gas well companies to ensure there are no conflicts with the project”.
you cannot view it on line….ha ha…you have to go to one of the locations..hah…#hidingwhat?!
The closest location to view this environmental document is at…
North Central Texas Council of Governments
616 Six Flags Drive
Arlington, TX 76011
To be sure they get my specific environmental concerns, I submitted this comment to http://www.texrail.com/Contact.aspx ……….
“The TEX rail project employs a dirty fossil fuel with diesel. That creates an added demand for nonrenewable energy sources. This prolongs our goal to wean off of fossil fuels and keeps us on track in speeding up global warming.
Please advance the federal funds to R&D for newer mass transportation technologies, thank you.
I say NO to corporate welfare via citizen tax dollars in funding the shortfall of this project.”
You can also call the TRE at 817 215 8785
Call your representatives and record your conversation getting their position on this and send it to me and I’ll (shame) post it here on this link. Do social media to inform other folks….LETS GET INVOLVED YA’LL!
Here is a link to an op-ed on this by Kelly Canon, who is running against Charlie Parker in District 1 in Arlington…PLEASE GO VOTE.
Just that this is an old school fossil fool fuel mode of transportation is a deal breaker for me-even if locomotives were able to be fueled by natural gas…I still say….NO…creating a demand for natural gas only fuels an endless bridge prolonging the switch OFF of fossil fuels.
We need electric/magnetic/battery operated..etc… NEW technology used for trains powered by renewable energy sources such as solar & wind!