Bullet train goal: 68 trips a day from Dallas to Houston by 2021

July 28, 2014

A fleet of high-speed bullet trains could be zipping from Dallas to Houston 68 times a day by 2021, says Travis Kelly, vice president of government relations for the Texas Central Railway. That’s 34 trips a day in each direction on weekdays…

“If you know you can go to the station and catch a train, then you’re more likely to take the train,” Kelly told [the Business Journal]… The bullet train would travel on dedicated double tracks and would be powered by overhead electrical wires similar to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit trains…

Texas Central Railway is a private company that wants to build the Dallas-to-Houston high-speed rail route. It is paying for a study, which kicked off in June, to determine the environmental impact of the route. The study is expected to take 30 months or more.

The goal is to start construction in 2017 and begin operating by 2021…

[The Journal] asked him how the railroad would be funded without state or federal dollars.

“The key to this project is that it doesn’t require an operational subsidy,” Kelly said. “There would a mix of debt and equity. We’ve been working closely with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation. There’s a market here where the system could be paid for through fare-box revenue. This is not a real estate play.”

Read the rest of the story in the Dallas Business Journal, 24 July 2014.

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