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Dallas-Houston high-speed rail (HSR), United States [free access]

September 1, 2017

Developer: Texas Central Partners, LLC (Texas Central) is the project developer. It is a private company.  


Project description: The project is also known by the name ‘Texas Central High Speed Passenger Rail Line’.  It involves the development of a HSR line from Dallas to Houston in Texas.


Background: The Dallas-Houston HSR line will span 386.24 km (240 miles) from Dallas/Fort Worth to Houston, covering three stations (Dallas, Brazos Valley, Houston). Construction is expected to begin in 2018.


In August 2017, Texas Central and Houston signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) regarding the project. As per the agreement, Texas Central, at its sole cost and expense, will have the right to conduct the environmental survey, environmental impact testing as well as civil engineering and utility feasibility studies.


In the same month, Lane Construction Corporation and Fluor Enterprises secured a contract from Texas Central to refine the construction planning, scheduling and cost estimates as well as support procurement for the project.


The project cost of USD15 billion will be funded by private investors.


Texas Central High-Speed Railway has led the feasibility phase of the project, which includes completion of the environmental impact statement (EIS).


L.E.K Consulting has prepared the ridership report.


Rolling stock: Texas Central is working with Central Japan Railway Company (JRC) on the deployment of Series N700 rolling stock by 2020. The trains will have eight cars, capacity to accommodate 400 passengers and a maximum speed of 328 km/hr (205 miles/hr).


Ridership: Annual ridership is expected to be 5 million passengers by mid-2020 and 10 million passengers by 2050.


Journey time: The end-to-end journey time will be 90 minutes.


Frequency: Service will be every 30 minutes during peak hours and one hour during off peak hours.


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