July 6, 2014 by Mary McDonald, Freestone County Times
Almost out of a Sci-Fi movie, the futuristic “bullet” train, to run between Houston and Dallas in a little as 90 minutes, is one step closer to becoming a reality.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) posted a notice June 24, 2014, that they will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) with the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) for the proposed project.
The statement will look at alternative routes for the corridor between the two cities.
FRA will also analyze operational procedures, including fueling stations and maintenance areas.
The bullet venture began in 2010 with a meeting between the two cities’ business leaders and Central Japan Railway’s (CJR) chairman, Yoshiyuki Kasai.
It could cost between $20 billion and $40 billion to build and will be funded by Texas Central Railway (TCR), a private company.
TCR is working closely with CJR to deploy the Bullet System.
Construction could begin in 2016, and the bullet could start taking on passengers by 2021.