Texas Central Railway

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Texas Central Railway
Texas Central logo.png
Type High-speed rail
Status Planned
Locale Texas
Termini Houston
Stations 2
Services 1
Opening 2020[1]
Rolling stock N700 Series Shinkansen
Operating speed 205 mph

Texas Central Railway is a private company that is developing a high-speed rail line between Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. It plans to use proven technology based on that used by the Central Japan Railway Company.[2] The company plans to use trains that are based on the N700 Series Shinkansen, and has indicated that the journey time would be less than 90 minutes".[3] The company has indicated that service on the line could start as early as 2020,[1] and it would therefore become one of the first high-speed rail lines in North America.

Company Details[edit]

The company is working with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and TxDOT to develop the Environmental Impact Statement required by NEPA.[4]

The CEO is Mr Tim Keith, and he is responsible for the company's finance, development, construction and eventual operations.[5]

In July 2015 the company announced that they had secured $75 million of private funding to allow the project to move forward from feasibility studies to development planning.[6]

Potential expansion[edit]

It has been speculated that there would be a second phase of the project to link Austin and San Antonio, but the company has only stated that the initial project will " ... create a backbone for future expansion into other cities."[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Radley, Whitney (August 16, 2012). "Full speed ahead for 205 MPH bullet train between Houston and Dallas? 2020 set as target date". www.houston-culturemap.com. CultureMap LLC. 
  2. ^ Batheja, Aman; Smith, Stephen J. (August 18, 2014). "The Bullet Train That Could Change Everything". The Texas Tribune. The Texas Tribune. 
  3. ^ a b "Learn the facts". Texas Central Railway. 
  4. ^ "Dallas-Houston High-Speed Rail Project". Texas Department of Transport. 
  5. ^ "Texas high-speed rail project names new CEO; gets $75 million boost". Railway Track & Structures Magazine (RT&S). New York, USA: Simmons-Boardman Publishing Inc. July 23, 2015. 
  6. ^ Baddour, Dylan (July 23, 2015). "Texas high speed rail passes major milestone with first fundraising announcement". Houston Chronicle. Hearst Newspapers, LLC. 

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