High-speed rail appears to be on track – Texas News

High-speed rail appears to be on track – Texas News

A proposed high-speed rail line connecting Dallas to Houston appears to be on track for development after the Texas Legislature adjourned without passing any new laws that would stop the project.

But, while supporters of the project are celebrating, opponents say the proposed 200 mph-plus bullet train is still far from being a done deal.

“As the Texas Legislature completes its regular session, work on the bullet train remains at high speed,” Holly Reed, spokeswoman for Texas Central Railway, wrote in a legislative wrap-up on the company’s website.

A Japanese bullet train similar to what Texas Central Railway officials wish to use on a proposed Dallas-to-Houston route passes through Tokyo earlier this year. (May 30, 2017) Handout: Texas Central Railway.

Texas Central Railway has proposed building the line with private funds — possibly up to $16 billion by some estimates. Company officials insist no direct federal or state government money would be needed, although the use of federally-backed loans would be available as a financing tool.

The plan is to open the line by 2023 or 2024, depending in part upon how quickly the developer can buy up the private land needed for the line.

“We have not and will not slow down the progress being made every day,” she wrote.

“That work now only intensifies, and we are ever The proposed bullet trains would connect Texas’ two largest metro areas with trains capable of going about 205 mph, and delivering passengers to their destination in about 90 minutes. The same trip from North Texas to Houston typically takes about four hours by car, or 65 minutes by airplane…

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