Bullet Train Station Coming to the Brazos Valley
In late December, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for the Texas Bullet Train, which, for the first time, outlined the location of the railroad’s Brazos Valley Station. The only stop on the Train’s daily journeys between North Texas and Houston will be in Grimes County – to be located on a 60-acre plot of land on Highway 30, just west of Highway 90, in the Roans Prairie area, about equidistant between College Station and Huntsville.
This site offers an east/west connectivity along Highway 30, that, combined with the proximity to Highway 90, provides passengers hassle-free, quick access to the train station, whether they live in major population centers like Bryan/College Station, Huntsville, Madisonville and Navasota, or smaller communities in the area. Plans also call for a shuttle service that will directly connect the Texas A&M campus to the Brazos Valley Station. From that location, it will be a roughly 50-minute ride to Dallas or a 30-minute ride to Houston.
The Bullet Train Will Boost the Brazos Valley Economy
The connectivity provided by the Texas Bullet Train will place the Brazos Valley in the middle of a new, globally competitive, economy that will consist of the 14 million residents between Houston and North Texas and a total GDP of $998 billion. The train will rapidly and reliably connect:
- 42 Fortune 500 headquarters and 83 Fortune 1000 companies.
- Six tier-one univerisities, law schools, health science centers and other academic centers that include more than 340,000 undergraduate and graduate students.
- Texas A&M, the ninth largest public research institute in the country, with its students and alumni; its College of Dentistry and School of Law in North Texas; its growing medical facilities in Houston; and other universities, researchers, faculty and guest lecturers.
- All residents and students in the Brazos Valley with opportunities to see family, shop, vacation, attend football games and conferences, and conduct business.
Brazos Valley Station – By The Numbers
HOW TO COMMENT
The (EIS) process is specifically designed for public involvement. This is your opportunity to provide comments and raise issues you would like to see addressed. Your comments and feedback provided during this process will enable the project to better address community and environmental concerns.
The 60-day public comment period that began with the Dec. 22nd notice (Extended through March 9th, 2018) in the Federal Register provides an important opportunity for the public to review and provide input to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on the Texas Bullet Train’s route and low-impact designs. Texas Central looks forward to continuing to hear from landowners and other stakeholders at the FRA’s upcoming hearings and informally as we are working every day in the community.
You can review all DEIS-related documents and provide comments to the FRA directly at this link: https://www.fra.dot.gov/Page/P0779
Comments may also be provided orally or in writing at the public hearings scheduled on January 29, 30, 31 and February 5 and 6, 2018 in 10 counties at the times and dates listed below. Before the public hearing presentation begins, an open house will be held to allow for comments, questions and review of project exhibits. FRA and TCR staff will be available to answer questions at that time.
We look forward to seeing you at these public hearings!
- Dallas County, Monday, January 29, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wilmer-Hutchins High School
5520 Langdon Rd
Dallas, TX 75241
- Navarro County, Monday, January 29, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Corsicana Middle School
4101 FM 744
Corsicana, TX 75110
- Ellis County, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ennis High School
2301 Ensign Rd
Ennis, TX 75119
- Leon County, Tuesday, January 30, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Leon High School
12168 US 79
Jewett, TX 75846
- Limestone County, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Mexia High School
1120 N Ross Ave
Mexia, TX 76667
- Freestone County, Wednesday, January 31, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Fairfield High School
630 Post Rd
Fairfield, TX 75840
- Madison County, Monday, February 5, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Truman-Kimbro Convention Center*111 W. Trinity
Madisonville, TX 77864
*NOTE: this is a change of venue
- Harris County, Monday, February 5, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Woodard Elementary School
17501 Cypress North Houston Rd
Cypress, TX 77433
- Grimes County, Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Navasota Junior High School*
Navasota, TX 77868
*NOTE: this is a change of venue
- Waller County, Tuesday, February 6, 2018, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Waller High School
20950 Fields Store Rd
Waller, TX 77484
Texas Central is building YOUR Texas Bullet Train – using the safest, most reliable transportation technology anywhere in the world. Take time to provide your comments…. And let’s make your Texas Bullet Train even better – by working together.