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Sunday, July 13, 2008

Ahumada Pushes for Amtrak Service from San Antonio to Rio Grande Valley


Mayor Pat Ahumada told News Radio WOAI of San Antonio in a report released today that he's pushing to establish a direct passenger rail link between San Antonio and the Rio Grande Valley.

“We have to find out what we can do as communities to make it happen,” Ahumada told WOAI. “How can we help Amtrak to be able to provide this service.”

Ahumada said that the League of United Latin American Citizens has "thrown its support behind it."

However, the article fails to gain input from an Amtrak representative.

For the full report, click here.

20 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the idea, but isn't Amtrak heavily subsidized? Perhaps with gas prices being what they are, this is the best time to push for rail service. Amtrak might even make a profit.

Patricia A.

Sunday, July 13, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a fairly good idea. Lets hear the Amtrak people talk.
Oh, and what is the opinion of the other members of the city commission on the subject?

Sunday, July 13, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I like the idea of Amtrak... at least we could get out in case of hurricane.

Sunday, July 13, 2008  
Anonymous thezipper said...

Will one car be dedicated to doggies?

Sunday, July 13, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OFF TOPIC: The city meeting agenda is out. It feels 'light', but I've learned not to guess how long the meeting might be.

I wonder if there will be any substantive discussion about this item:

6. Public Hearing and ACTION on FIRST READING of Ordinance Number
2008-1496 to amend Chapter 2 of the City Code of Ordinances creating the
office of Deputy City Manager and authorizing up to two Assistant City
Managers, providing for appointment of persons to these offices, describing
duties, and method of compensation. (John Chosy – Asst. City Attorney)


Emma P-T's suggestion for recording executive sessions is an action item. What I would like to know is, what will be the time frame or circumstances under which the public can have access to the recordings?

Also, apparently we're such experts at handling flooding that we might send a 'response team' to Tampico, Mx to help them with their flooding.

Patricia A.

Sunday, July 13, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, deputy city manager, I wonder who's up for the job. Now I know someone is already lined up for that one.

Sunday, July 13, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not everyone may be behind the mayor and everything he tries but I like this idea. I'm on board. Johnny Chingas

Sunday, July 13, 2008  
Blogger Kurgan said...

M,

Amtrak, a is rightly pointed out, is subsidized. The track between New York and DC needs to be
subsidized, what would make anyone think that the RGC to SA route would be viable?

The Acela Express (NYC, Boston, Philly, DC) route moves roughly the entire RGV population on a monthly basis and STILL needs to be subsidized.

With full respect, I ask our mayor, "Dude, do the math?".

K

Sunday, July 13, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the fed can subsidize it at a loss in the east how come not in the RGV? Are we not deserving of a subsidy? If moneys are going to be misspent anyway, why not in the valley? But what the heck do I know, I'm not a "professional" blogger.

Monday, July 14, 2008  
Blogger BobbyWC said...

While I support Amtrak independent of the need to subsidize it, the NE corridor is not the LRG Valley -billions of dollars of business is done as a result of AMTRAK in the NE - business people pack the trains in the morning to go to NYC from Boston, Philly and DC - also people from NYC head out in large numbers to go to DC for business.

This would be the difference between the NE corridor and the LRGV - but I do believe we still need it. Rail must become an alternative to driving

Bobby WC

Monday, July 14, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Recordings of Executive Session are only available by Court Order in litigation. Discussions in Executive Session are confidential and not for publication. That's the purpose of the Executive Session exception in the Open Meetings Act. Also it is not required that Executive Sessions be recorded - only a certified agenda that nothing else but the executive session items were discussed.

Monday, July 14, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Mayor Pat's train fantasy--I wish I lived in dreamland, too. I hear it's nice there.

Monday, July 14, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We live in America, we live in Brownsville, everything is possible, you just have to think out of the box.

Monday, July 14, 2008  
Blogger Kurgan said...

Anony of July 14th,

I agree.

This is America and anything is possible and I appreciate the "out of box" thinking.

It's not going to happen, but I do appreciate the idea.

Maybe he should focus on getting the rail line at the port the right of usage to the lines to stop getting fleeced by Union Pacific first.

Kurgan

Monday, July 14, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat Almighty needs to figure out why we can't drive down Coffeport without losing a car tire before he ventures out to the big boy world of Amtrak! And he wants to send a response team to Mexico! Hey Pat! you are mayor of Brownsville, not a mayor in Mexico! Focus on the tax paying citizens of Brownsville!!!!!!
Why is McAllen/Edinburg kicking our tail in bringing in manufacturers? Why is it that Brownsville is ALWAYS behind the ball? This is a city of LOSERS not LEADERS!
Stop sitting by the phone waiting for the big call, get out into your community and make things happen.

100 words or less

Tuesday, July 15, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"We live in America, we live in Brownsville, everything is possible, you just have to think out of the box."

Yep, that's right, Anon.

Get back with me in a few years and let's see how many miles of track are laid for that passenger rail. I'd love to be wrong, but if I were putting money on it I'd bet on my cynicism over your idealism.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, negativism abounds in Brownsville. We should sell it by the bushload, that should boost the local economy.

Todo se puede, we just need the support of our local AND state politicians. Now that is the real pipe dream.

Mr. Bueno Excellente

Tuesday, July 15, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You say negativism. I say realism. Let's set our sights on some realistic goals and maybe we'll see some real outcomes. Pie in the sky will always be pie in the sky. A lack of knowledge of the real world is the real problem, not those who point out that the emperor has no clothes.

Tuesday, July 15, 2008  
Anonymous barrister said...

So much for long range planning. For the past twenty years we've driven the rail system out of town and now we want passenger rail back. What motivation is there for AMTRAK to come to Brownsville? What is the closest track that they can arrive on? Are we going to reinstall tracks to the downtown area? What about the toll road idea? Somebody make up their mind.

Frankly rail makes sense but not for the long haul. We need light regional rail to get us around the valley. Once we can prove that works then we can grow up to a more distant rail servic to maybe Laredo or Corpus. Let's crawl a little before we start running to San Antonio and elsewhere.

Saturday, July 19, 2008  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again great long range planning. Here we have been working for the past twenty years moving the railroad out of Brownsville. How much of our tax dollars have been spent on that big plan.

Now a really cool plan to bring the railroad back to Brownsville. No infrastructure, no support, no cities joining in. Perhaps we need to look at valley wide service before we start going cross-country.

Better yet, how about if we see if there is even a local interest large enough to go to McAllen, Harlingen, etc. Then we could go to Corpus Christi or Laredo when we grow up.

Great idea but lets plan for it first.

Saturday, July 19, 2008  

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