Texas Central is developing a new high-speed passenger rail system that will connect North Texas and Houston using a proven, world-class technology that will provide a travel time of less than 90 minutes.
We are a private, Texas-based company, employing a market-led approach. Unlike other high-speed rail projects, we are backed by private investors, not public funds.
Texas Central High-Speed Railway (TCR) and Texas Central Partners, LLC (Texas Central) are independent companies involved with the Project. TCR has led the feasibility phase of the project, which includes completion of the EIS. Texas Central Partners, LLC is the project developer and will use the EIS results and other selected information produced or provided by TCR, as well as information, designs, and engineering produced by Texas Central itself, to develop the high-speed rail system (“the Project”). Texas Central will be the ultimate builder and operator of the Project.
The N700-I Bullet total system is the international version of the Tokaido Shinkansen total system currently in operation between Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. This international version will feature the core system – passenger train, overhead catenary, tracks, signaling – along with all of the corresponding maintenance and operations procedures that have made Tokaido Shinkansen operations so safe, efficient and successful for over 50 years.
The Texas bullet train will be capable of traveling at speeds up to 205 mph. This means your journey between Dallas and Houston will take under 90 minutes.
From the stations, you will easily be able to rent a car; be picked-up by a family member, friend or colleague; hail a cab or access public transportation such as the DART in Dallas or Houston’s METRO. These convenient locations also mean that you will be a short walk, Uber or taxi ride away from your final destination.
Once completed, you will be able to purchase a ticket online, similar to purchasing an airline ticket.
We expect ticket prices to be very competitive with those of airlines.
Current plans call for trains to run every 30 minutes during peak hours and every hour during off-peak times, with 6 hours reserved each night for maintenance and inspection of the system.
The bullet train system that Texas Central is aiming to deploy is based on the Tokaido Shinkansen Technology, which has operated for over 50 years in Japan boasting a perfect track record of zero passenger fatalities or injuries due to train accidents.
In addition to its safety record, the Series N700 rolling stock operating between Tokyo and Osaka consumes 1/8th the amount of energy per seat and expends 1/12th less carbon dioxide than a Boeing 777-200*.
*Data based on Tokyo-Osaka line.
Thanks to this amazing technology, Texans will soon be getting a safe and clean transportation alternative.
This high-speed rail technology has proven to be the safest, most reliable and comfortable high-speed rail system in the world. There have been no injuries or fatalities due to train accidents in more than 50 years of operations.
In Dallas, two potential station locations are being considered. In Houston, the station is planned for the area along the 610 Loop between 290 and I-10.
The Brazos Valley Station will be located on the rail line in Grimes County. The final station locations will be determined and announced as engineering, design and environmental analysis is completed.
Texas Central does not have plans to extend its line to cities beyond its proposed North Texas—Houston corridor. However, this project does create a backbone for future expansion into other cities.
The Federal Railroad Administration is currently preparing an Environmental Impact Statement on the project. Through this environmental review, the project’s final route and the location of all stations, maintenance facilities and substations will be determined. To see the latest maps of potential routes, please click here.
To visit the Federal Railroad Administration’s website to learn more about this environmental review, please click here.
To the greatest extent possible, the construction of the project will take place along land that is already reserved for or impacted by another transportation or utility facility. This means that impact on landowners will be minimized during both construction and operation.
High-speed rail’s comparatively light environmental impact is one of the plan’s greatest benefits. In addition to providing an alternative to travel by car or airplane, the bullet train to be deployed in Texas is based on the Tokaido Shinkansen System, which is in operation today between Tokyo and Osaka in Japan, and emits 1/12th the carbon dioxide than a Boeing B777-200 per seat.* The trains are also exceptionally quiet and unobtrusive to their neighbors, having been optimized over more than 50 years of service in Japan.
*Data based on Tokyo-Osaka line.
Traffic and population studies indicate that automobile travel time between Dallas and Houston is expected to increase to over 6.5 hours in the next 20 years. High-speed rail will provide a faster, safer alternative to auto travel, which will help alleviate this congestion by providing an alternative transportation option.
The Federal Railroad Administration is leading the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement for the project. Information related to the process can be found at http://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0700.
We respect and value the property rights of Texas landowners. Texas Central’s planning has emphasized the importance of identifying and using land adjacent to or within existing rights of way in order to minimize any negative impacts to landowner property. We operate by these Guiding Principles and fully support and embrace the tenets of the Landowner’s Bill of Rights, found here.
Our initial projections indicate that the Project will likely create an average of 10,000 jobs each year over the project’s 4-year construction period. On top of that, over 750 full-time, highly skilled jobs will be created along and at each end of the corridor to support the railroad’s operations.
Construction of this high-speed railroad will inject 36 billion dollars into Texas’ already booming economy. In addition, the project will be a significant taxpayer to the state and in counties and school districts in communities where tracks, stations and other infrastructure is located to ensure all communities benefit from the system on an ongoing basis. By 2040, Texas Central is expected to have paid close to $2.5 billion in taxes to cities, counties, the state and other taxing entities. By creating new jobs and stimulating commerce in and between North Texas and Houston, this project helps to ensure that Texas will continue to be an economic model for the country.
High-speed rail provides Texans a safe, clean and convenient alternative to driving or flying. Passengers will be able to travel between North Texas and Houston in about 90 minutes, which will help ease traffic and congestion along the I-45 corridor.
Central Japan Railway Company (JRC) is a publicly traded, private company that operates 323 high-speed passenger trains each day on the line between Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. JRC’s Tokaido Shinkansen Bullet total system is the world’s premier high-speed rail technology that uses leading-edge technologies to ensure system safety, an exceptional passenger experience and efficiency and reliability that is second to none. To read more about JRC, please see their website.
By Texas Central considering the introduction of the N700-I technology as a “total system solution”, JRC intends to provide long-term and continuous technical support for the system, which means they will apply their years of experience to act in an advisory capacity to ensure the success of the project.
We are! Texas Central is a privately funded company. With a group of primarily Texan investors, we are poised to bring high-speed rail to the State with Texan entrepreneurial values in mind. This project is not backed by public funds.
Teams of people are already building the railroad every day.
Action continues on many fronts: infrastructure engineering design, development of world-leading safety practices and rules, working with landowners on an individual basis, design of the interior of the trains, best practices for the customer/rider experience, minimizing environmental impact and much more.
Right now, Texas engineers, architects and environmental experts are designing and planning construction of the Texas high-speed train system. The designs and specifications these experts are developing support the ongoing regulatory approval process.
The Draft Environmental Impact Statement is due out later this year. Depending on the timing of that and other variables, we could begin construction in late 2018.
TCP respects and honors the private property rights of our fellow Texans. We are determined that this project be an example of how big things can be done in a transparent way, the right way.
The most effective way to minImize landowner impacts is to maximize the use of existing rights of way. Tight curves and a desire to avoid densely populated areas will require occasional deviations from current rail and road alignments, and the need for access to additional land, but TCP is doing everything possible to avoid negative impacts to landowners.
Fortunately—and unlike large government projects that have been proposed in the past—this private sector, N700-I based, double-track system:
• can be deployed with a very narrow footprint (approximately 100 ft. wide), including security fencing; and
• only requires surface access rights, so Texans can retain complete ownership of the land itself, including 100% of all their oil, mineral and gas rights.
Of course any corridor—no matter how narrow—becomes an obstacle if you need to get to the other side.
Texas Central will work closely with landowners and communities on ways to safeguard their ability to farm, ranch, commute and generally go about their lives. We are committed to finding land-use solutions that work for everyone.
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*All claims and descriptions of the high-speed rail system’s operations, including service and station amenities, are based on current plans and are subject to change. Photos of the Series N700 trains used on this website are all used under permission from JRC. Some promotional material and information prepared by and used with the permission of Texas Central.