bullet train in Texas

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7:23 am
Thu August 28, 2014

High-Speed Rail Could Expand To Other Parts Of Texas

A Shinkansen bullet train in Japan, which can hit speeds of up to 200 miles per hour.
Gerald O'Sullivan Flickr

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.

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9:23 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

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

Texas Central High-Speed Railway wants to build a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston. With the bullet train, you could get from Big D to Houston in about 90 minutes.
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.

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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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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.

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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