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  •  The other thing that's lining up to support rail (6+ / 0-)

    Is the increasing "time cost" of air travel within the state.  With longer security lines and wait times, I no longer ever fly to San Antonio or Austin from Houston.  I still fly to Dallas for day trips, but if it's an overnighter, I drive.

    Southwest Airlines has also increased its routes enough to weather losing substantial in-state traffic.  Their lobby may be less effective than it was last time around.  

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    by Mosquito Pilot on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 04:01:21 AM PDT

    •  Last time it came up ... (1+ / 0-)
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      Odysseus

      ... when Texas put in for the $1.9b for the Texas T-bone, they did not fight it like they fought the Texas Triangle in the 90's (I think they had a hand in the final decision that it was to go ahead without any state subsidy at all, not even the planning and environmental impact subsidies normally required before private investment will start to look) ...

      ... as jet kerosene rises in cost, the cost of the Houston / Dallas, Houston / San Antonio, and Dallas / San Antonio flights goes up faster than their longer distance routes, since jets are most fuel efficient cruising at altitude, less fuel efficient climbing to altitude or descending from altitude, and least fuel efficient taking off and landing. The long routes spread the fuel cost of take off, climb to altitude, descend from altitude and landing over a much longer number of miles spent flying at altitude.

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      by BruceMcF on Mon Aug 15, 2011 at 09:13:04 AM PDT

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