bullet train in Texas

Transportation
3:29 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

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

In the early '90s, there was an effort to bring high-speed rail to Texas -- it failed. But a new effort is gaining momentum.
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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.

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Transportation
2:21 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Full Speed Ahead On High-Speed Trains In Texas?

A proposed high-speed train could take passengers from Dallas to Houston in 90 minutes -- it's still several years from happening.
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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.

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