In 2005, Texas voters passed a constitutional amendment establishing the Rail Relocation and Improvement Fund which would create a public fund, to be added to private dollars, to finance projects around the state. Rail Relo NOW! is a campaign of the Texas Rail Relocation and Improvement Association to build support for generating revenue for the Rail Relocation and Improvement Fund.
Once funded by the Legislature, projects will be prioritized based on environmental and economic benefit as well as need to the state and region. The following are potential projects to be funded.
Union Pacific Freight Services in the Austin-San Antonio Corridor
Relocate the Union Pacific freight line to the east of I-35, allowing freight on this busy line to move faster. This would open up the old line for use as a Georgetown-San Antonio commuter rail line.
Dallas-Fort Worth Region
Relocate Tower 55 to decrease congestion and improve air quality in the movement of both freight and passenger rail, with decreases in idle times.
Construct a new international rail bridge to reduce congestion at this bottleneck and remove at-grade rail crossings to improve safety.
El Paso Region
Construct a new border rail bridge to allow rail traffic 24 hours a day.
Relocate current line, removing at-grade rail crossings every 280 feet in the city.
McAllen Intermodal Project
Construct a multimodal center that would allow the city to become a truck-to-rail transfer point.
Blacklands Railroad-Sulphur Springs and Greenville
Upgrade to allow the line to safely handle increased rail traffic.
Port of Beaumont Rail Access
Build a new bridge to increase capacity and maximum speed on the line.
The Victoria-Rosenberg Line
Provide a more efficient route between Houston and Corpus Christi with purchase of the Rosenberg line.
The TexMex Mainline-Laredo to Corpus Christi
Upgrade this line to allow higher-speed trains.
The Brownsville Rail Relocation Project
Move downtown switchyard to remove 17 highway-rail grade crossings and cut rail travel times by two-and-a-half hours.
Bryan-College Station Relocation
Relocate rail line to reduce traffic and safety impact of the line on the city and the Texas A&M campus.
1Texas Rail System Plan, published by TxDOT