In this space, we’re going to focus on the latest milestone reached – the design of the interior of the train – and it’s a game changer.
SAFETY. SPEED. RELIABILITY. COMFORT.
In short, nothing that exists today in the United States can come close to matching the transportation excellence embodied by the Texas High-Speed Train:
As you can see, Texas High-Speed Train cars feature 2×2 and 2×1 seating only with NO MIDDLE SEAT EVER. This design gives passengers nearly a foot more legroom than most coach airlines seats ensuring the MOST COMFORTABLE ride possible for all riders. So, no more waking up your neighbor just to get up and use the restroom. Other important features include wider aisles, improved lighting, and audio and visual signals for train arrivals and departures.
First-Class comfort, with even more space:
- WIDE aisles: 32” (wider than an airplane)
- Ample space: 32” of legroom and 41” seat pitch (nearly a foot of total added space compared to flying first-class)
- All seats recline, optimized to offer best recline without disturbing the passenger in rear
- And, no seatbelts!
Another next level feature of the Texas high-speed train interior is the large, wide windows that allow for breathtaking views of the beautiful Texas countryside. Twice the width of airplane windows (20X20.5”) with an additional 6-inches of height make for a great visual experience for everyone on board. Windows are also equipped with individual blinds and double-glazed UV safety glass.
In these luxurious Texas-sized seats, you’ll have the world at your fingertips with instant access to blazing-fast onboard WIFI as you zoom through the beautiful landscapes of Texas. So, no more turning electronics on and off for take-off and landing. Your phone is always on TRAIN MODE.
No middle-seat squeeze + extra legroom = a travel experience that allows you to own your personal space.
Shinkansen trains run so smoothly, passengers have created a “coin challenge” where riders post videos online like this one. #YallAboard
Interior features onboard the train cars include:
- Class leading noise and vibration avoidance with active suspension based on the newest N700s train about to enter service in Japan
- Filtered-air low noise HVAC providing regulated passenger comfort in both winter and summer
- Individual blinds at all windows, with double glazed UV safety glass
- Trolley service catering at seat
- Fold down tables or fixed tables at seats to permit working on the go
- High-speed wi-fi for all passengers: Multi-point integrated high-speed wi-fi connectivity to provide the fastest, most reliable wireless connection of any train in the world
- Live passenger information, to your mobile device/tablet/laptop, for example:
- Where am I on the map?
- How fast am I travelling?
- Weather and traffic at my destination?
- Hotel, Amtrak, ride service booking for your arrival
- Ability to configure some of the 8-cars to “quiet cars” using restrictions on cell phone usage
- Variable lighting for individual passenger comfort
- Standard 2-pin plugs and USB charging ports at every seat
FULL ACCESS FOR ALL
SAFE — PREDICTABLE — ENJOYABLE & ACCESSIBLE FOR EVERY TEXAN
For many Texans with disabilities, traveling between North Texas and Houston can be a nightmare – either you have to travel by road which can take anywhere from 3.5 to 4.5 hours and be incredibly uncomfortable, or by plane where you are subjected to invasive security searches, skinny aisles, small seats and an inherent amount of unpredictability.
Texas Central is building your Texas high-speed train for ALL TEXANS, which means it will be fully accessible and meet or exceed all ADA specifications. Inside the trains, in addition to conveniently located areas for wheelchairs and attendant seating, passengers in wheelchairs will be able to move throughout the entire train in their chair. Aisle widths on board the train will enable passengers in wheel or powerchairs to easily move up and down aisles and between train cars, providing a more comfortable ride for passengers using mobility devices. This design will allow riders in wheelchairs the freedom to decide whether they want to remain in their chair or move to an assigned seat. This freedom of movement often leads to other choices including whether they want an attendant to join them on the journey. In addition, platforms in the train stations will have a no-step entry to the train floors so that passengers in wheelchairs can board safely and easily, with a smooth and level transition onto the train and along the entire interior aisle of the train.
The restrooms will also be ADA accessible, convenient, and allow for contiguous and smooth access from adjoining cars during the less than 90-minute travel time.
As a result of these design elements that keep accessibility in mind, you make the ridership experience better for everyone.
THEY HAVE A JOB TO DO, WE WANT TO HELP
The Texas high-speed train will be welcoming and accommodating to passengers with service animals. Requirements are being reviewed closely to understand what is needed for the best accommodation for both the service animals and riders of the train.
On the train, the leg room provided for most seats will allow those with service animals to select a variety of seating, not just in a bulkhead row. Texas Central recognizes the importance of having service animals accompany persons with disabilities, and we look forward to being your choice to travel.
“MOBILITY AS A SERVICE” ALREADY TAKING TEXANS OUT OF CARS
While we’re on the topic of rider experience, let’s discuss the idea of “Mobility as a Service” (MaaS) which is a driving force behind the push for more and better transportation options like high-speed trains. MaaS is driven by today’s technology-enabled world; it’s smart, integrated, on-demand mobility at your fingertips that puts you in charge of your journey. Think rideshare, bikeshare, scooters and other on-demand transit solutions. Your device enables you to create your journey on your schedule.
Unlike any other option available in the US today, our goal is to connect your entire journey from couch to couch or desk to desk using innovative technology rather than a station-to-station approach. And, as Texans continue to embrace transportation technologies beyond airplanes and cars, more alternatives will have to be offered –the high-speed train will be leading the way.
TEXANS DESERVE BETTER
High-speed trains provide a BETTER WAY to travel the Lone Star State by removing the many pain points of driving and flying. From flexible booking options and seamless interchanges to frictionless security, wide aisles, comfortable seating, fast WIFI and food and beverage service, high-speed trains provide an anxiety-free travel experience for families, business travelers, students, tourists and anyone else traveling between North Texas, the Brazos Valley and Houston.