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Bullet Train Backers Narrow Down Route From Houston To Dallas

Texas Central Railway
Texas Central wants to model the Dallas-to-Houston bullet train after this Japanese version. It travels at more than 200 mph.

Texas Central High-Speed Railway -- the company that wants to build a bullet train between Houston and Dallas -- has settled on one recommended route.

Texas Central told the Federal Railroad Administration Tuesday that it plans to focus its plans on a single route known as the Utility Corridor. The company thinks the Utility Corridor would best ensure a “reliable, safe and economically viable” high-speed rail service using theN700-IBullet System technology, according to a press release.

Texas Central also says it plans to recommend the I-10 corridor as a potential alternative approach to downtown Houston.

"Texas Central has gone to great lengths to identify corridors that will have the least impact on local communities and meet our purpose and need,” says Robert Eckels, president of Texas Central.

“By informing the Federal Railroad Administration that we believe all ongoing studies and analysis should focus on identifying potential alignments within and associated with the Utility Corridor, we are staying true to our commitment to follow existing rights of way as much as possible,” he says.

Here’s background on the project from a Feb. 6 KERA story:

“Texas Central Railway wants to build a Dallas-to-Houston corridor for a 200-mph electric train, like the ones that operate in Japan. It would be faster than any train operating in the United States. Passengers could get from Dallas to Houston in about 90 minutes. Construction could begin in 2017 and service could start as early as 2021, railway officials have said.”

About Texas Central High-Speed Railway

“TCR is a private, Texas-based company promoting the development of high-speed passenger rail between Houston and Dallas.

“Formed in 2010, a primary purpose of TCR is to secure environmental and technological regulatory approvals required to advance subsequent phases of the project,” according to a press release