Train from Dallas To Houston
If you could get from Dallas to Houston in less than 90 minutes without boarding a plane, would you? My guess is a resounding, “Yes!”
The Texas Central Bullet Train can provide that. The Bullet Train gives statewide travelers the ability to connect face-to-face in the time it takes to watch three episodes of your favorite television show.
There are many benefits to providing the state with the first high-speed train in North America. First and foremost, it’s the safest way to travel. It uses the safest high-speed train technology in the world with over 50 years of operation without a single fatality. Interstate 45, which connects the two cities, is the second deadliest highway in the country, thus less travel on I-45 would help eliminate the risk of deadly vehicle collisions.
More than 60% of the 240-mile route will be on elevated viaducts, meaning the design of the track for the train would keep public transportation open. The Bullet Train’s development will also add thousands of jobs. Texas Central will provide 10,000 jobs per year during construction and will employ up to 1,000 permanent jobs when operational.
One of the many reasons the state needs this form of transportation is because of the potential growth of both cities. Projections show in 20 years that both cities’ populations will double in size. Texas Central believes beginning this project before the population flourishes will help improve the mode of transportation over the years.
According to an announcement from Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Houston station will be located at the Northwest Mall. The station will be located near Loop 620 and highway 290, thus making it easy for travelers to connect to Houston suburbia. The Dallas station will be essentially connected to the well-known Dallas Area Rapid Transit station (DART).
Many are wondering where the funds for this $15 billion project will come from. Texas Central stated that private investment and potentially federal loans would fund the majority of the project. It will seek no federal or state government grants and any loans from existing transportation credit programs will be paid back with interest.
Proposed ticket prices, percent of economic growth, features of the stations and a map of the railway is available on the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration site.
If you would like to comment on this project you can visit U.S. Department of Transportations Federal Railroad Administration site to leave your comments. The deadline is March 9, 2018.
For more information about the Texas Bullet Train, you can visit their website at www.TexasCentral.com.