TxDOT, federal government launching study on DFW to Houston high-speed rail line
Tyler, Texas (FOX51) — According to the Texas Tribune, United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx has confirmed the government will tam up with TxDOT and Texas Central High-Speed Railway to perform a study on a Dallas-Fort Worth to Houston high-speed rail line.
Texas Central High-Speed Railway is a private, for-profit Texas company, working to bring high-speed, high-tech rail to our great state with a route between Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston in the next ten years with a travel time of 90 minutes. These bullet trains will move at speeds over 200 miles-per-hour and exceed the expectations of every traveler. Texas Central is working closely with JR Central, the internationally respected high-speed passenger rail leader, to utilize the proven N700-I Bullet Train system, according to Texas Central's website. Today, thousands of Texans are traveling between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. They face a ten-hour round-trip drive, or a combined five hours navigating airport security and flying. Neither scenario offers first class amenities or an Internet connection for the entire journey. The truth is, travel between the two most robust economies in our state doesn’t have to be that way.A gridlocked I-45 ribbons across Texas as our state’s population continues to grow. Outdated bridges, roads and airports need repair, revitalization and, in some cases, complete redesign and rebuilding. And even with these traditional infrastructure improvement projects complete, we still won’t have the capacity to eliminate the wait.
According to TxDOT, they are looking to complete a study concerning the Texas-Oklahoma passenger rail by the end of 2014. It will document the costs, benefits and impacts of potential rail service alternatives compared to a no-build service-level environmental impact system.
High-speed passenger rail has been under consideration in Texas since the late 1980s, TxDOT reports. In the 1990s, a private consortium was awarded a franchise to design, build and operate high-speed rail in the state. Although demand appeared to support the development of high-speed rail, lack of funding and other obstacles prevented the project from moving forward. Since then, other proposals for high-speed passenger rail in Texas have been submitted to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), with each proposal showing revenues that exceed operating expenses but requiring some amount of funding to build.
Researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington conducted a study in November 2013 providing benefits of high-speed trains along major Texas highways.
They have gathered information on four separate corridors:
Interstate 20 from Fort Worth to Dallas
Interstate 45 from Houston to Dallas
Interstate 35 from Laredo to Dallas-Fort Worth
- Texas 6 from Houston to Waco
Researches say with the high-speed train, the idea of getting to Houston from Dallas in 90 minutes could become a reality.