Advocate for the Texas Environment

The Texas High-Speed Train: An Eco-Friendly Option

Did you know the high-speed train will be the most eco-friendly way to travel between North Texas and Houston – short of walking or biking?

The high-speed train will connect North Texas and Houston in less than 90 minutes and will use the most efficient and environmentally friendly mass transportation technology in the world today. This design will employ the N700-S high-speed train, which has a 54-year history in Japan and emits just 1/12th of the carbon per passenger mile as a typical commercial jet.

Leading the Western World

  • This project will be the first of its kind in North America, establishing a model for environmentally friendly mass transportation in Texas and beyond.
  • For the first time ever, people traveling between North Texas and Houston will have a more efficient and comfortable transportation alternative that doesn’t require taking off your shoes at the airport or spending hours stuck in traffic with other single-occupant automobiles.

Respecting the Land, Communities, and Wildlife

  • This project was planned and designed to minimize disruptions to the surrounding communities and environment.
  • In order to avoid negatively impacting streams, wetlands, floodplains and other natural and cultural features, designs include plans for culverts and elevated tracks. Additionally, during construction, there will be silt fences and straw bales installed to minimize runoff into any nearby bodies of water, wetlands, roads or other sensitive areas.
  • At completion, the vegetation will be restored along with other erosion control measures, as needed.

Constraining Noise Pollution

  • This technology has evolved over more than 50 years to be one of the quietest trains in the world.
  • The train currently operates in dense urban environments in Japan—where noise pollution regulations are strict compared to other parts of the world.

Getting Folks Off the Road

  • By 2035, the populations of North Texas and Houston are projected to roughly double, and auto traffic is expected to increase by about 100%.
  • Traffic on I-45 between North Texas and Houston is projected to double by 2035, increasing average travel time between the two regions to 6.5 hours.
  • High-speed trains will provide an attractive alternative to hundreds of thousands of auto passengers every year. Fewer cars on the road mean fewer emissions and contaminants that harm air and water quality.