Would High-Speed Rail from Dallas to Houston Make Sense?

Edward Glaeser continues his series on cost-benefit analysis of high-speed rail in the US, imagining a mythical route between Dallas and Houston.
August 14, 2009, 7am PDT | franny.ritchie
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"As in the previous two posts, I focus on a mythical 240-mile-line between Houston and Dallas, which was chosen to avoid giving the impression that this back-of-the-envelope calculation represents a complete evaluation of any actual proposed route. (The Texas route will be certainly far less attractive than high-speed rail in the Northeast Corridor, but it is not inherently less reasonable than the proposed high-speed rail routes across Missouri or between Dallas and Oklahoma City.)

How big is the reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions associated with switching from cars to rail?"

Thanks to Franny Ritchie

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Published on Wednesday, August 12, 2009 in NY Times: Economix Blog
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