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Dallas, Houston, and Fort Worth Mayors Announce Support For High-Speed Rail

Texas Central Railway is trying to succeed where others—statewide and nationwide—have failed. The goal is to build a a high-speed train between Dallas and Houston, bringing passengers between the cities in 90 minutes; Fort Worth’s segment would be another project, TCR officials say. The plan got a boost from those three cities’ mayors today, at a joint press conference.

“This innovative project is a game changer for transportation between the two engines that drive job creation throughout Texas,” Mayor Mike Rawlings said. “Not only will high-speed rail significantly reduce travel times and traffic congestion for Dallas and Houston area residents, but it will also create new, high-paying jobs and stimulate economic growth.”

According to TxDOT, the average drive time between Dallas and Houston is expected to increase by 75 percent—to close to seven hours—by 2035.

TCR is a private, for-profit company. But they’ll need the help of governments—local, state, and federal, not to mention property owners between here and Houston—if they want this to become a reality.