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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.

  • Chris Chris

    A high speed train is a nice idea but how will this affect those folks driving on I-345?

  • CSP

    Did the mayors make any mention at all about how many billions upon billions of dollars any high-speed rail system would cost, or did they conveniently omit that little detail?

  • BradfordPearson

    It’s a private system, and estimates vary, depending on the final route, land costs, etc.

  • Read the Article

    They probably didn’t mention that little detail because the billions and billions the system costs will be coming from TCR and their private investors.

  • Avid Reader

    At least they aren’t throwing out some bs number that will only be at most 1/3 of what it will end up costing.

  • Travis Stewart

    Awesome. Go for it. Happy to pay higher taxes for it, if necessary. A needed commodity for frequent travelers.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    Me likey.

  • tested

    If they can’t figure out how to get the Cotton Belt line from Plano to FW done how can anyone believe this multi-billion dollar pipe dream will happen?

  • Guest

    Check the last sentence where they’ll need help from federal, state and local governments. That’ll be billions in tax breaks, imminent domain efforts and outright funding.

  • Kay

    Will it be affordable ?? I didn’t find indications of rail service fees for the consumer nor the expense to build.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    A couple of things…

    1) This was originally proposed as a $10 billion project from Dallas to Houston, all financed by private enterprise. Then, Tarrant County got involved, demanding a spur from Dallas to Ft. Worth, stopping in Arlington. The extension is wildly expensive (because of the requirement to thread it through the dense urban landscape… another $4 billion) and not profitable (because it doesn’t make sense to have a high speed rail line between Dallas and Ft. Worth, stopping in Arlington), so public subsidies will be required to accommodate the extension.

    2) Tarrant County has assumed control of the new High Speed Rail Commission, holding both the Chairman’s position and 4 regular board seats. Dallas only has 2. In addition, the Tarrant County reps are incredibly powerful individuals with wide and deep public policy experience. In contrast Dallas is represented by Vonciel Hill and a local billionaire head of an energy company.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    It was originally proposed as a private system costing $10 billion, but once Tarrant County weighed in and said it had to go to Arlington and Ft. Worth as well as Dallas, that added $4 billion in cost for this unprofitable extension— so public money will be involved.

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Dallas taxpayers required to subsidize the link to Ft. Worth.

  • BradfordPearson

    From what the TCR folks have told me, the Dallas-Fort Worth stretch wouldn’t be them. It’s a separate EIS, separate funding. I know they looked at that, but—like you said—the cost of land alone on that stretch makes it much more difficult, never mind the population density.

  • Wylie H Dallas

    Right… but I’m guessing the Tarrant County folks (via their control of the High Speed Rail Commission) will try to hold up approval for the Dallas to Houston line until a deal is worked out to have taxpayers subsidize the Ft. Worth-Arlington-Dallas line.

  • Borborygmus

    Five bucks says it will have a stop at Jerryworld.

  • elpira

    they will tell you its all private funds

    and then…………………………………….