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Lawmaker Revives Eminent Domain Question For Bullet Train

Jun 17, 2016
Norihiro Kataoka / Texas Tribune

State Rep. Byron Cook asked Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on Friday to rule on whether a private company developing a high-speed train project in the state has the power of eminent domain.


Plans for a bullet train that would link Dallas to Houston in 90 minutes took a big step forward this week: North Texans got their first chance to see the proposed routes. About 100 people chimed in on where the train should stop in Dallas -- and they were united in their choice: Union Station in downtown.

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Five stories that have North Texas talking: Bullet trains may connect other parts of Texas besides that Dallas-to-Houston line, another confirmed case of human Chikungunya in North Texas, confessions from Texas Monthly’s BBQ editor, and more.

Proposed Dallas-Houston High-Speed Rail Line To Get Federal Review

Jun 25, 2014
Central Japan Railway Company

The Federal Railroad Administration published a document on its website Wednesday officially kicking off a highly anticipated environmental review of a proposed high speed rail line between Dallas and Houston.

Texas Bullet Train Failed Before, But New Plans Are Full Speed Ahead

Mar 7, 2014
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In 1989, former Lt. Gov. Ben Barnes joined a group of investors hoping to develop a bullet train system in Texas. The company, Texas TGV, planned to build a 200 mph line between Dallas and Houston and then expand to Austin and San Antonio. After four years and more than $70 million in investments, the project collapsed.

“It’s the closest any state has come to having a high-speed train,” Barnes said. “I’ll spend the rest of my life asking what if.” 

More than two decades later, Texas Central Railway is trying to revive a part of that earlier project, a privately financed bullet train connecting Dallas and Houston.


Fans of high-speed rail in Texas, take note.

The Texas Transportation Commission could vote Thursday on creating a high-speed rail commission focused on Dallas-Fort Worth, the Texas Tribune reports.

In addition, starting this week, the Texas Department of Transportation is holding public meetings around the state to hear from people about a study looking at the feasibility of high-speed rail projects between Oklahoma City and South Texas. A meeting is scheduled for next week in North Texas.