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Robert Eckels

Texas Central Railway

Plans for the proposed high-speed rail line from Dallas to Houston continue. Environmental impact studies are under way for the line, which would cost several billion dollars and be privately funded. On Friday, the president of the company behind the rail line gave an update.

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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. 

Central Japan Railway Company

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.