Discover The Benefits


The Texas High-Speed Train will have substantial and long-lasting benefits for the local, state and national economy. This unprecedented private investment will spur economic development, create tens of thousands of jobs and infuse tax revenue into the state and local communities.


Cars, trucks, 18-wheelers and motorcycles crowd Interstate 45 between Houston and North Texas, with travel times often approaching and sometimes exceeding five hours, depending on road and weather conditions. The Texas Department of Transportation estimates that this trek could take upwards of 6.5 hours by 2035. Similarly, a 2010 study of intercity travel in Texas estimated that the average travel speeds of approximately 60 mph along the I-45 corridor would drop almost 35 percent to 40 mph – making for a 6.5-hour drive between North Texas and Houston. This increase in travel time includes all planned improvements and increased highway capacity.

Passengers on the high-speed train system will leave traffic jams, construction delays and flat tires behind as they zip effortlessly between the two regions. A more pleasant and productive experience will be an oasis for business and leisure travelers alike. And for those who continue to drive, more passengers on the train means fewer people in front of you on the highway. It’s a win-win for Texans and it’s going to be here before you know it.


The N700 train consumes 1/8th less energy per seat and expends 1/12th carbon dioxide than a Boeing B777-200*. The Series N700 was designed and has continuously evolved to operate in some of Japan’s most dense urban environments; it embodies decades of applied research, making it one of the quietest trains in the world. *Data based on Tokyo-Osaka line

Although a private-sector project, government agencies will play an important role in certifying the technology, reviewing the project’s environmental impacts, coordination during the project’s construction and regulating the system’s operations.

High-Speed, Low-Impact:


High-speed trains are the safest way to travel between cities. In fact, millions of passengers ride high-speed trains every day across Europe and Asia. During more than 54 years of high-speed train operation in Japan, Shinkansen trains have had ZERO fatalities due to train accidents because of the system’s thoughtful design, rigorous maintenance and sophisticated, safety-first operating procedures.

To learn from that long experience, Texas Central designers and engineers consult with global leaders in the high-speed train industry to ensure that the latest technologies and highest standards for safety are brought to Texas.

Texas Central’s commitment to safety permeates every aspect of the train system’s design, including:

A Total System Approach

Seamlessly integrates signaling, infrastructure design, track work, communications, power supply, operations, maintenance, rolling stock and the system safety plan into a coherent whole

Separated Track System

A track system completely separated from other modes of transportation and dedicated solely to high-speed passenger train service, preventing any possible encounter with freight traffic, motor vehicles or pedestrians

ATC Signaling Technology

JRC’s state-of-the-art and proprietary Automatic Train Control (ATC) signaling technology, which will provide equivalent or even better safety levels than those in use in the U.S. today