Dallas is the fourth most populous metropolitan area in the United States. Houston will pass Philly for fifth any day now. So why oh why is the Obama administration proposing a high-speed rail network that does not link Houston and Dallas? Or at least Houston and Austin?
It is a strange vision indeed that sees a Dallas-Little Rock or Houston-Swamp Country-New Orleans line as a better investment of a few billion dollars than a line connecting two metropolitan areas with a combined population of 12 million.