August 9, 2023 -- The City of Houston is supportive of the announcement of a landmark agreement between Amtrak, the national rail operator, and Texas Central Railway (Texas Central) a high-speed rail service, marking a significant step forward in the development of a state-of-the-art rail system between Dallas and Houston. This agreement will facilitate crucial planning and analysis associated with the implementation of the highly anticipated high-speed rail service, connecting two major economic hubs in 90 minutes, and promoting sustainable transportation solutions for the region.
This development signifies a significant commitment to advancing transportation infrastructure in our great state. By leveraging the expertise and resources of both entities, we can harness the full potential of this ambitious project, which will have far-reaching benefits for the city of Houston and the entire region.
"This collaboration between Amtrak and Texas Central is a momentous milestone for the City of Houston,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner of Houston. “Our city is committed to advancing transportation initiatives that support economic growth and enhance quality of life for our residents. This agreement will accelerate the planning and analysis necessary for the successful implementation of a modern, efficient, and environmentally sustainable rail system connecting Houston and Dallas. I commend all parties involved for their dedication to this transformative project."
Our understanding is Texas Central and Amtrak have worked together since 2016, when the two entities entered into an agreement to provide through-ticketing and other support services for the high-rail service. They have already submitted applications to several federal programs, including the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure Safety and Improvements (CRISI) grant program, the Corridor Identification and Development program, and the Federal-State Partnership for Intercity Passenger Rail (FSP-National) grant program.
The high-speed rail service, expected to operate at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, will revolutionize travel between Dallas and Houston, significantly reducing travel times and alleviating congestion on highways and airports. With frequent and convenient departures, residents, businesses, and tourists will enjoy enhanced connectivity, seamless mobility, and expanded opportunities for commerce and tourism.
In addition to the considerable economic benefits, the project will contribute to a greener future by reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with road and air travel. The City of Houston is committed to sustainability and applauds this partnership as a crucial step toward achieving our environmental goals.
The agreement between Amtrak and the high-speed rail service represents a key milestone in the realization of this ambitious infrastructure project. The City of Houston stands ready to collaborate with Amtrak, Texas Central, and other stakeholders to ensure the successful planning, construction, and operation of the Dallas-Houston high-speed rail service.