The highlighted counties have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with ETCC. Click to enlarge.Additionally, the Corridor Council, with the assistance of Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, secured some $740,000 in federal grants, of which a portion has been transferred to TxDOT to fund a feasibility study between TxDOT's Rail Division, Amtrak, and the Union Pacific railroad. The study will model the addition of two additional round-trips from the DFW metroplex to Marshall, TX, and then on to Shreveport.The East Texas Corridor Council is a Texas Rail System Plan stakeholder, as required by statute, and works closely with the TxDOT Rail Division. The Corridor Council's former chair, current chair of the Government Relations Committee, Tim Vaughn, and ETCC member Karen Owen, Director of the Longview Metropolitan Planning Organization, were tapped in 2010 to serve on the statewide steering committee to assist in the ongoing development of the Texas State Rail Plan.Why We're HereMembers of the Corridor Council come from all walks of life, from railroaders to politicians to educators--all united under the common goal of increasing rail capacity and passenger rail in the region.According to data and analysis from Trains Magazine and the Association of American Railroads, the main rail arteries through East Texas, owned by Union Pacific, will be operating at significantly above capacity by 2035 if there are no capacity improvements made. The Texas Department of Transportation predicts that highway traffic in East Texas will more than double in the next 15 years, with a 70% increase along the I-20 corridor.