Texas group recommends final high-speed rail corridor

Posted on February 18, 2015

Texas Central High-Speed Railway (TCR) is working closely with Central Japan Railway Company (JRC) on the deployment of a “N700-I Bullet” high-speed rail system based on JRC’s “Shinkansen” system (shown).
Texas Central High-Speed Railway (TCR) is working closely with Central Japan Railway Company (JRC) on the deployment of a “N700-I Bullet” high-speed rail system based on JRC’s “Shinkansen” system (shown).

HOUSTON — After two possible rail lines were identified by the Texas Department of Transportation last fall, Texas Central Railway announced its final corridor recommendation Feb. 17 for the proposed construction of a 240-mile high-speed rail from Houston to Dallas by 2021, Community Impact reported.

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TCR officials recommend the Federal Railroad Administration move forward with consideration of the utility corridor expected to travel near Hwy. 290 in Harris County and north through a portion of Grimes County, according to the report.

"We selected the utility corridor as the best alternative because it satisfies the goals of the project to provide safe, reliable, and economically viable high-speed rail service between Houston and Dallas," said David Hagy, executive director for community outreach for TCR. "The utility corridor will also reduce the project’s impact on communities and landowners by following existing rights of way as much as possible."

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