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First Look: Texas High-Speed Train’s Interiors

Texas Central shares details of how Japan’s N700S Shinkansen is being modified for routes between Dallas and Houston.
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Interior of the Shinkansen N700S in Japan, which is being modified for Texas.

No worries about getting stuck in one of those dreaded middle seats on the high-speed train connecting Dallas and Houston. Texas Central has released details about seating configurations on its planned trains, and the cars feature either two-seat doubles or a double and a single.  (See renderings below.)

Dallas-based Texas Central is customizing Central Japan Railway’s Shinkansen N700S, making its debut this year. The company says the layout will provide travelers with an extra foot of legroom when compared to flying coach. Here are more details:

Interior features onboard the train cars include:

  • Two classes of service:  2/2 and 2/1 seat configuration
  • Free Wi-Fi: Integrated, high-speed wi-fi to provide the fastest, most reliable wireless connection of any train in the world
  • The ability to configure some of the 8-cars to “quiet cars” using variable lighting and restrictions on cell phone usage
  • Full access for all: the train will meet or exceed all ADA specifications

First-class comfort, with even more space:

  • Wide aisles: 32 inches (wider than a regional jet)
  • Ample space: 32 inches of legroom and 41-inch seat pitch (nearly two feet of total added space compared to flying First Class)
  • A great view from any seat: 20-inch x 20.5-inch windows (twice the width of airplane windows)

Additionally, Texas Central says all seats will recline and are “optimized to offer the best recline without disturbing the passenger in the rear.” That should prevent another one of those polarizing Twitter wars.

The company recently inked a preconstruction contract with a Kiewit Corp. subsidiary. The high-speed rail is projected to generate $36 billion in economic benefits statewide over the next 25 years, creating 10,000 direct jobs per year during peak construction and 1,500 permanent jobs when fully operational.

Seating comparisons: Texas Central’s High-Speed Train versus airline economy seating.
The train’s eight cars will include two classes of seating.