According to the Texas Tribune‘s Aman Batheja, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx just confirmed that the federal government will team up with the Texas Department of Transportation and Texas Central High-Speed Railway to study a possible Dallas-Fort Worth to Houston rail line.
Texas Central is a for-profit company, “working to bring high-speed, high-tech rail to our great state with a route between Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston in the next ten years with a travel time of 90 minutes.” The trains, Texas Central purports, will travel at 200-miles-per-hour.
And some studies are already in the works. The Texas-Oklahoma Passenger Rail Study is expected by the end of the year, and a bunch of UT-Arlington researchers published a study last fall advocating for high-speed trains along Texas’ major highways. The latter study said additional research should be performed on four stretches: Interstate 20 from Fort Worth to Dallas, Interstate 45 from Houston to Dallas, Texas 6 from Houston to Waco, and Interstate 35 from Laredo to Dallas-Fort Worth.
That last stretch, though, would fail completely because of one major oversight: no kolaches on a bullet train.
Here’s a video shilling Texas Central’s points. It’s shiny.