THE TEXAS HIGH-SPEED TRAIN
Nearly 100,000 Texans, sometimes called “super-commuters,” travel back and forth between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth more than once a week (source). Many others make the trip very regularly. The approximately 240-mile high-speed rail line will offer a total travel time of less than 90 minutes, with convenient departures every 30 minutes during peak periods each day, and every hour during off-peak periods – with 6 hours reserved each night for system maintenance and inspection.
Texas Central respects and values property rights and Texas landowners. It has identified and analyzed potential routes that follow alongside existing rights of way as much as possible.
The Federal Railroad Administration closely examined a number of potential rights of way, including interstates, freight rail corridors and power and utility corridors, all with the goal of minimizing impacts on communities and the environment.
The stations in Dallas/Fort Worth, the Brazos Valley and Houston will provide easy access to each region’s excellent highways, thoroughfares and expansive public transit networks.
Joy of the Journey
- Capable of operating at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour and moving passengers between Dallas and Houston in less than 90 minutes
- Substantive, wide-bodied seats, arranged “two-by-two” and separated by an aisle, ensuring sufficient leg, head and elbow room with no “middle-seat squeeze.”
- Choice of service levels, with quiet, work-friendly cabins and food and beverage options to fit your needs and budget.
- Plentiful Wi-Fi and power outlets, so passengers can get down to business, read, enjoy a movie, talk or catch a quick nap.
- Fares highly competitive with the cost of travel by auto or commercial air service
- A variety of retail stores, restaurants and shops located in passenger stations, each with a distinctly Texas style of service provided by well-trained staff who are eager to please.
- Departures every 30 minutes during peak travel periods, with passengers able to review schedules, select seats, purchase tickets, change travel plans, order on-board food and drinks, reserve rental vehicles at their destination and book onward travel connections online or via mobile apps.
- Stations located with easy access to major roadways, connections to public transit options, and plenty of on-site parking.
JRC’s Series N700 rolling stock features 16-car trains running between Tokyo and Osaka, Japan. To serve the Texas market, Texas Central anticipates an eight-car train with seating capacity for an estimated 400 passengers, and the room necessary to provide them the comfort, amenities and service options they will expect and deserve.
Other advantages of the N700 system include—
Zero injuries or loss-of-life accidents due to train accidents in over 50 years of operations.
Steel-wheeled trains on secure, separate, closed tracks dedicated fully to high-speed passenger rail system—no sharing with freight or other passenger rail services, and no dangerous roadway intersections for vehicles, pedestrians or animals to have to cross.
All-electric trains powered via overhead catenary cables, with an advanced regenerative braking system that conserves and converts kinetic energy into electric power to slow the train.
DALLAS STATION LOCATION
Texas Central has identified a preferred site for the Dallas high-speed train station:
Located in the Cedars (South Side on Lamar) area, the currently undeveloped land includes the 10 to 20 acres needed for the terminal station and parking.
Texas Central is partnering with Matthews Southwest to serve as the developer of the Dallas high-speed train station.
BRAZOS VALLEY STATION LOCATION
Texas Central has identified a preferred site for the Brazos Valley high-speed train 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. 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.
HOUSTON STATION LOCATION
Texas Central has identified a preferred site for the Houston high-speed train station:
The terminal will be ideally located in a high-growth area, with easy access to employment centers, including the Galleria, the Energy Corridor, the Medical Center and downtown. The station not only will be a catalyst for economic growth but it also will offer a convenient, efficient and direct network for passengers to and from local transit systems.