Texas Central Railway released a Dallas-to-Houston bullet train project update on December 12 identifying high-profile supporters that they say have come forward on behalf of the project in recent months. The list of those on board (pardon the pun), recently published on their website, includes the cities of Plano and Duncanville as well as the Metro 8 Chambers of Commerce. The statement identifies that these supporters “…recognized the incredible potential for a transportation solution of this magnitude in Texas.”
Proposed Texas Bullet Train Project Update
Among the list of new project supporters, is The Texas Association of Realtors, whom Texas Central Railway has quoted from the Texas Realtor Magazine as stating “TAR supports high-speed rail in Texas as a factor in attracting to the state property owners and businesses that desire alternative transportation methods.” It further goes on to identify Prairie View A&M University, North Texas Star Republican Women and The North Houston District as being pro the bullet train project.
Up for Debate at the Texas State Legislature?
In recent months, supporters and opponents of the proposed high-speed rail line between Houston and Dallas have voiced their opinions, although a report from the Houston Chronicle has noted that the final determination of the line will likely be made in the state legislature’s upcoming session commencing this month. Prior to this, the Texas Central Railway released a study by L.E.K. Consulting that identified over 90% of possible bullet train riders would shave one hour of travel time from their trips by using this train instead of driving or flying. The study further went on to state that approximately 5 million passengers would use the proposed line by 2026. The 240-mile train line is being proposed for construction commencing in late 2017 or early 2018.
What Does Rural Texas Have to Say?