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The high speed train from Houston to Dallas is one step closer of becoming a reality. This could mean that a 4-5 hour drive between the two metro areas could be reduced to a 90-minute train ride.

Texas Central High Speed Railway is the company behind this project, partnering with Central Japan Railway for this undertaking. The Japanese company has experience in working without help from taxes, which is something Texas Central wants to do, according to Robert Eckles, president of the company.

The Federal Railroad Administration and the Texas Department of Transportation have begun work on an environmental impact statement for this proposed 240-mile high-speed rail system.

Depending on how long the environmental process takes, Eckels said the project could break ground by the end of 2016 or early in 2017 and should be ready by 2021. The railway would be grade separated, meaning it would not intersect with rail tracks or roadways.

Three routes are being considered for the train, Eckels said, including rights of way along I-45, north along Hwy. 249 through Tomball and along a Union Pacific path along Hwy. 290. Stops are being considered near Bryan-College Station and possibly along Beltway 8 or the Grand Parkway.

This project not only would it shorten the travelling time between Houston and Dallas, but it would aid the economic growth of Texas. Don’t forget to visit our blog for more updates about the high speed train project.


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