‘Bullet train’ would connect Dallas and Houston

High Speed Train (AP Photo/Xinhua, Jiao Hongtao)
High Speed Train (AP Photo/Xinhua, Jiao Hongtao)

SAN ANTONIO (KXAN) – Rapid population growth means Texas is shaping up as one of the premiere places for high-speed rail.

At a major Transportation Conference in San Antonio, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced the federal government will team up with the state on a study to construct a high speed rail line between Houston and Dallas.

Our media partners at the Texas Tribune say the study will be include the Texas Department of Transportation and also a private  company,Texas Central High-Speed Railway.

A promotional video posted online touts such a rail line would mean a 90 minute between Dallas and Houston. A normal trip to the airport and accompanying flight takes three hours on average, the group said. Traveling by car takes an average of four hours.

There was no word on how long the study would take before any kind of project would get approval, but the company wants to get a 200 mph bullet train up and running along the route within a decade.

A similar project locally is still in the study phase.

The Lone Star Rail Project is a heavier commuter rail line would run from San Antonio and parallel to Interstate 35. It would have stops along the way to its northern terminal in Georgetown.

Environmental studies for that project are slated to begin this year.

LSTAR officials announced in December that both the cities of Austin and San Marcos approved local funding for operations and maintenance of the line.

The Transportation Commission also announced a new award on Tuesday named after Governor Rick Perry. It will be presented in later years to people committed to advancing infrastructure and movement in Texas.

This fall, voters will have a chance on whether or not to approve a measure passed by the legislature to direct tax money directly to infrastructure projects and improvements.

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