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Ridership By The Millions
90% Of The 16 Million Texans Living in the Service Areas Would Save At Least 1 Hour by Riding The Texas High-Speed Train

A comprehensive ridership study conducted by L.E.K Consulting has confirmed that Texas is ready for a privately developed high-speed train line serving North Texas, the greater Brazos Valley and The Greater Houston Metro areas. According to this landmark study, 90% of the 16 million people living in the Texas high-speed train service areas would save at least 1 hour on their journey times as compared to air or road travel. In addition, the overwhelming majority of surveyed Texan Travelers (over 83%) said they would use the train in the right circumstances, with only 15% of survey respondents stating they would not consider any alternative but their personal vehicle.  Looking further into the study, 71% of frequent travelers, and 49% of non-travelers said they either probably or definitely would use the high-speed train on their next trip to North Texas or Houston if it were an option today!

Bringing together end-to-end journey time analysis, primary market research on perceptions of high-speed trains, and long distance travel market size estimates, it is possible to develop estimates for future levels of demand for the high-speed train. Ultimately, the L.E.K study concludes that this project’s ridership is anticipated to ramp up to 5 million journeys by the mid 2020’s, and 10 million journeys by 2050.  That’s 30% of the anticipated number of long-distance trips between North Texas and The Greater Houston Metro Area.

71% of Recent Travelers*

  • Definitely Will Ride
  • Probably Will Ride

*People who have Traveled between the DFW and Houston Metro Areas in the past 12 months.

49% Of Non-Travelers*

  • Definitely Will Ride
  • Probably Will Ride

*People who have NOT traveled between the DFW and Houston Metro Areas in the past 12 months.

Ridership Forecasts

  • Millions of Riders
It's About Time
The Texas high-speed train will Reduce Average Journey Times by 60 Minutes.

A comprehensive analysis of every component of a trip between North Texas and Greater Houston high-speed train — including getting to and from the station, check-in, security and boarding—indicates an average total journey time of just under 3 hours 30 minutes. That’s an average time savings of 60 minutes as compared to today’s air and road travel options.

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Minutes Faster Than by Car
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Minutes Faster Than by Plane
It's About Growth
Traveler Demand In Texas is far outpacing the Supply from Air or Road options.

14 million journeys are made between North Texas and Greater Houston each year, nearly half of which are trips to visit friends and family. The size of the travel market between Greater Houston and North Texas is expected to grow at 2% per year until 2050, resulting in a total population of just under 16 million journeys in 2022 and just over 27 million journeys in 2050.

Nearly 13 million people live within 1 hour of a proposed high-speed train station TODAY!

Travel within the corridor is projected to grow at +2% per year through 2050.

  • Millions of Journeys
It's About Choice
Travelers Are Desperate For New Transportation Options

Today, 90% of journeys between the DFW and Houston Metro areas  are made by road, where drive times can range anywhere from 3.5 to 5.5 hours, and – once congestion is factored in – may take significantly longer than anticipated. Along I-45 vehicle counts have increased at a rate of nearly 10% per year since 2012.

Around 1 million journeys are made by air each year with scheduled flight times ranging between 60 – 75 minutes. However, when all stages of the trip (check-in, bag drop, security, etc.) are accounted for, travel by air is not much faster than by road.

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of travelers chose to go by road since there is little or no time savings from flying.
Which Is Why
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of travelers would consider The Texas train as a viable choice.