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Will the SA/Monterrey High-Speed Rail Line Really Happen?

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Officials from the U.S. and Mexico came to the table to discuss a high-speed rail line last week.


While it’s already fairly easy to take a bus or plane between San Antonio and Monterrey, a high-speed rail line would present a middle-class option. Direct flights can cost between $400-$500 round-trip and take about an hour (many non-direct flights aren’t much cheaper and can quadruple travel time), and busses cost about $50 one-way and can take more than eight hours to reach their destination.

The proposed high-speed rail would take only an hour more than a direct flight, and, based on what AmTrak’s Acela Express currently charges (this figure may prove wildly inflated since Acela is one of the world’s most expensive high-speed train fares) could cost about $75-$100 one-way. Because of the infancy of the project’s planning, a clear timetable was not made available, however, Gonzalez estimated that if construction on the Mexico side began in 2016, it could be completed within three years.

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