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LAN to conduct Dallas high-speed rail station planning study

Posted on January 11, 2017

Photo via: Texas Central Railway
Photo via: Texas Central Railway

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth Region, selected the Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) team to conduct a High-Speed Rail (HSR) station area planning study in downtown Dallas.

Currently, three HSR corridors that would connect major urban areas of the state are under various stages of development. The corridors include the Dallas to Fort Worth HSR, Dallas to Houston HSR, and Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study.

This study is one of three procurement efforts, one for each station location, initiated by NCTCOG associated with the development of the Dallas to Fort Worth HSR, known as the Core Express Service (CES) corridor (The other two study areas are Fort Worth and Arlington). The Dallas HSR area planning study will assist NCTCOG, the City of Dallas and other agencies to:

  • Evaluate potential locations of a HSR station to ensure optimal station area accessibility.
  • Examine compatibility with the station location and design proposed by Texas Central Partners for the Dallas to Houston HSR system.
  • Develop a station area plan that advances the City’s economic development opportunities.
  • Inform elected officials, policy makers and other HSR studies.

LAN will be supported by sub-consultants AZTEC/TYPSA and LEO A DALY as specialty team members. AZTEC/TYPSA will draw on its expertise implementing high-speed rail projects around the world, while LEO A DALY will provide land use/economic development services. The sub-consultant team also includes Bowman Engineering & Consulting, DRW Planning Studio, and Civil Associates. The study will be completed in summer 2017.

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