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The Texas High-Speed Rail and Transportation Corporation began in 2002 with a vision for intercity high-speed rail between the major metropolitan areas of the state of Texas including San Antonio, Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas and Houston.  This network constitutes the main population "triangle" within Texas, and has grown to include Temple, Killeen, Waco, Fort Hood, and the growing cities between north of Austin and San Antonio as well as College Station and Laredo. 

An early Texas effort at fast trains in the 1990s was awarded a franchise to design, build, and operate a high-speed rail line, however it failed for lack of funding and airline opposition.  Another proposal by Amtrak around 2000 did not materialize.  THSRTC decided to incorporate in November 2002 and build on these early efforts.

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