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Bullet trains fire up regularly between cities in Europe. In Japan, the state-of-the-art Shinkansen trains can reach 200 miles per hour. Robert Eckels, president of Texas Central Railway, is determined to bring that same bullet train to Texas. His goal: a 90-minute commute from Dallas to Houston. 

Gov. Perry To Meet With Bullet Train Operator In Japan

Sep 8, 2014
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During a trip to Asia this week, Gov. Rick Perry is scheduled to meet with the president of a bullet train operator involved in an effort to develop a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston, his office has confirmed.

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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.

The Dallas-To-Houston Bullet Train Could Change Everything

Aug 20, 2014
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For years, the Japanese company behind the world’s first and busiest high-speed rail system has been itching to enter the U.S. high-speed rail market, hoping to sell one of the world’s ripest passenger rail markets on its breathtakingly fast Shinkansen bullet trains.

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

Jun 25, 2014
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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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The mayors of Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston voiced their support this morning for the proposed high-speed rail line from North Texas to Houston.

KERA explored the proposed line in this story last fall. Texas Central Railway wants to build a Dallas-to-Houston corridor for a 200-mph electric train, like the ones that operate in Japan. It would be faster than any train operating in the United States. The bullet train could get from Dallas to Houston in about 90 minutes. Passengers could start boarding in seven years.

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.

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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.

Officials Discussing Texas-Mexico High-Speed Rail Line

Jan 17, 2014
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A high-speed rail line connecting San Antonio and Monterrey, Mexico, could be less than a decade away from welcoming its first passengers, according to federal and Texas officials who met with Mexican officials in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to discuss the project.

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As 2013 comes to a close, let’s take a look back at some of the most-read stories on KERANews.org.

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Imagine waking up in Dallas, going to Houston for lunch, and being back in Big D for a 3 p.m. meeting.

Sound like a fantasy? It could be reality in just a few years, thanks to a fast-moving Texas company that plans to deploy fast-moving trains.

Texas Central Railway wants to build a Dallas-to-Houston corridor for a 200-mph electric train, like the ones that operate in Japan. It would be faster than any train operating in the United States. The bullet train could get from Dallas to Houston in about 90 minutes. Passengers could start boarding in seven years.

Someday, you might be able to travel between Austin and San Antonio via high-speed rail.

A proposed bullet train between North Texas and Houston is still years away from becoming reality, but Dallas and Fort Worth are already sizing up station locations. The idea is to build three: one each in Dallas and Fort Worth and another somewhere in between. But both ends of the Metroplex want to go first.

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