A high-speed train between Dallas and Houston is close to construction after reaching two major regulatory milestones.
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railways has released the Final Rule of Special Application and Decision Record for Texas Central Railroad.
“This is the moment we’re working for,” said Carlos Aguilar, CEO of Texas Central Railroad. “The RPA and ROD Federal Railways Edition represent years of work by countless individuals, underscoring a thorough and highly rigorous federal regulatory process that will make Texas Central Railroad the first high-speed rail system to be implemented in the United States of America.”
According to Texas Central, the RPA and the ROD set federal safety standards under which Texas Central Railroad will operate the high-speed train and give an environmental clearance for the specified alignment from Dallas to Houston.
Texas Central is the company that develops, designs, builds, finances and operates a high-speed commuter train line connecting the fourth and fifth largest economies in the country, North Texas and Greater Houston, in less than 90 minutes, with one stop in the Brazos Valley.
Today’s announcement from Texas Central means that this landmark project is closer than ever to bedrock. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said, “Building high-speed rail will have a generational impact, as it will create thousands of jobs here in Houston and pump Billions of dollars in our local business. ”“ Once up and running, the system will create connections and opportunities that no one had ever thought was possible. The city stands with Texas Central and looks forward to continuing our work together to make this project a success for the City of Houston and our state. “
Texas Central expects to create more than 17,000 jobs in six years of construction and billions of dollars in economic impact across the United States through contracts to steel mills, manufacturers, and companies.