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Feds Give OK To Start Review For Dallas-Houston High-Speed Rail

In a densely worded, boring item in the Federal Register, the U.S. Department of Transportation—through the Federal Railroad Administration—gave the green light to begin an environmental review of the proposed Dallas-Houston high-speed rail line. 

There’s no need to read the item—again: densely worded, boring. It basically allows Texas Central Railway to begin its environmental impact study, which will explore various routes for the train, and how each path would impact the land below it. The study’s expected to last a year.

Yesterday on Capital Hill, TCR’s plan was front and center at a meeting hosted by Texas Reps. Eddie Bernice Johnson and Roger Williams. Members of the Texas Congressional Delegation and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee heard the spiel.

In May I wrote a quick item about the proposal for print edition. All of the questions in there—cost, route, feasibility—are still on the table.