Construction could begin next year on a 240-mile high-speed privately-developed rail line linking Houston and Dallas, developers on the project and local officials said.
The private developer on the Texas Bullet Train project, Texas Central, is aiming for the first train system in the nation to be able to reach speeds over 200 mph, which would allow for a Houston-to-Dallas run in about 90 minutes, Engineering News-Record reported.
The project is estimated to cost between $15 billion and $18 billion. The plan includes stations in northwest Houston, near downtown Dallas and in the Brazos Valley between College Station and Huntsville.
“The route is straight and flat, near no bodies of water or mountains and only 500 feet of elevation change,” Holly Reed, managing director at Texas Central, told ENR. ”
The idea has drawn a fair amount of opposition, with much of it coming from land owners worried about eminent domain. A group called Texans Against High Speed Rail also says the train won’t be financially feasible and has warned that taxpayers may eventually get stuck helping pay for it.