Initial Agreement With Company Building High Speed Rail Line Between Houston And Dallas

Aug. 17, 2017Houston Public Media

Houston is a step closer to getting high-speed rail with City officials and planners working out the details to bring to the Bayou City the bullet train that would eventually connect with Dallas.

On Thursday, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner signed an initial agreement with Texas Central, the company planning to build the high-speed rail line.

The project entails building part of it along a well-known roadway in northwest Houston.

“The definitive agreement that Council will vote on will include the right-of-way issues on Hempstead Road, including utility re-location plans and maintenance,” Turner explained during a news conference held at City Hall.

Texas Central is committing to recruit Houston contractors and workers.

The company says the high-speed rail line could eventually create approximately 1,000 permanent jobs and about a third of them would stay in Houston, mostly related to work at the terminal.

The plan is to build a terminal in the quadrant south of Highway 290, west of Loop 610 and north of Interstate 10.

“We looked at downtown, we also looked at more suburban locations for the northwest, but we wanted to get close to the center of day time and night time populations. So, how do we get close to the most amount of Houstonians? And that was the best location for us,” Tim Keith, president of Texas Central, told Houston Public Media.

The company is also agreeing to provide easy connections to Houston’s public transportation system through METRO, among other means.