Details are being released about a proposed high-speed passenger train service that would link Houston to Dallas.
Texas Central plans to carry passengers about 240 miles at speeds of at least 200 miles per hour, with train departures taking place every 30 minutes. The entire trip is expected to take 90 minutes.
Construction will begin once Texas Central receives the necessary approvals from the Federal Railroad Administration. Texas Central anticipates reaching this milestone in 2020, with construction estimated to take 5-6 years.
The project’s total investment is expected to be approximately $20 billion with the civil works estimated at $14 billion.
The project will create an estimated 10,000 direct jobs per year during peak construction and more than 1,500 direct permanent jobs when the train is fully operational. Over the next 25 years, this project will have a direct cumulative economic impact of $36B. Additionally, as privately-owned infrastructure, it will pay taxes to the state, counties, local municipalities, school, hospital and community college districts as a result of the multi-billion-dollar infrastructure investment with 25% concentrated in rural areas.
Texas Central says nearly 50,000 Texans, sometimes called “super-commuters,” travel back and forth between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth more than once a week. Many others make the trip very regularly. The approximately 240-mile high-speed rail line will offer a total travel time of less than 90 minutes, with convenient departures every 30 minutes during peak periods each day, and every hour during off-peak periods – with 6 hours reserved each night for system maintenance and inspection.
The organization hopes to receive federal approval to start construction sometime in 2020, with commercial operation underway by 2026.
Renderings courtesy: Texas Central