The Anonymous Widower

The Texas Bullet Train

In the past, I have spent quite a few hours driving the long distances around Texas.

This article in Global Rail News is entitled Progress For Texas’ High-Speed Railway.

Texas Central Railway is proposing a high speed rail line between Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston, with the following characteristics.

  • 240 miles long.
  • Stations at Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston.
  • Routed along major infrastructure corridors like Interstate highways and freight railways.
  • Ninety minute journey time.
  • A train every thirty minutes.
  • Based on Japanese Shinkensen technology.
  • Wikipedia mentions, that the line could open as early as 2020.
  • Possibility of expansion to Austin and San Antonio.
  • Fluor Corporation, which is a very large engineering and construction company, headquartered in Texas, is involved in the design.

There’s more here on the Texas Central web site.

There’s also an appraisal of the line in this article in Dallas News, which is entitled Proposed Routes for Dallas-Houston High-Speed Rail Revealed.

Some points from the article.

  • Dallas would like the railway to connect to their extensive DART light rail system and perhaps even terminate at Dallas Union station.
  • A construction cost of $10 billion is given.
  • An in service date of 2021 is given.

Dallas certainly seems in favour of the project.


There certainly seems to be a degree of good will and support for this project.

Being Texas, they just had to label it a bullet train, but I’m more surprised that they seem to use railway instead of railroad.


August 23, 2017 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | 1 Comment