Texas Bullet Train Firm Reveals Terminal Plan
Plans to build a high-speed rail system between Dallas and Houston continue to move forward, as the company behind the project, Texas Central, has released renderings of its proposed Dallas station, and the Federal Railroad Administration is holding a series of public comment sessions.
Last year, Texas Central signed a memorandum of understanding with the city of Houston to work together on integrating the new rail project, based on the Japanese bullet train system, with the city’s public transit.
New Terminal Details
On Jan. 29, the firm released details and renderings depicting the planned Dallas terminal, which it intends to build on a “largely vacant” 60-acre property south of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center. According to Texas Central, the site is located in an area that is undergoing redevelopment.
A draft environmental impact statement for the project was released Dec. 15, and the FRA is holding public comment through March 9, with a series of public hearings taking place throughout the area impacted by the proposed line over the past week. Hearings continue through Feb. 6.
Given the current status of the permitting process, Texas Central says it could start construction as early as 2019.
About the Project
The high-speed rail project would connect the two largest metropolitan areas in the state, with one stop west of Houston in the Brazos Valley. The trip from Dallas to Houston would take about 90 minutes, according to Texas Central, saving 50 minutes compared with the average flight between the two cities, or 70 minutes over driving.
The bullet train would travel up to 205 mph, according to Texas Central; it would be based on the “Shinkansen” system, operated in Japan. The Central Japan Railway Company announced in 2010 that it intended to enter the U.S. market with its N700-I Shinkansen rail system, which Texas Central plans to employ.
Texas Central is working with Fluor Enterprises, of Irving, Texas, and The Lane Construction Corporation, a Cheshire, Connecticut-based subsidiary of Salini-Impregilo, on design during the development phase of the project.