The City of Houston and railroad company Texas Central have signed an agreement to develop a new bullet train system.
The joint agreement outlined the construction of a high-speed train between Houston and North Texas, including proposed traveller-friendly connections between the new train station and the greater Houston region.
It was signed between Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and representatives of Texas Central.
Both parties will also finalise Houston’s passenger station site, which is scheduled to be built around the area south of US 290, west of Loop 610 and north of Interstate 10.
The station will enable easy access to major employment centres such as Galleria, Medical Center, Energy Corridor and Downtown.
The agreement will help to advance the connection of the state’s biggest metro areas within 90 minutes, with a midway stop in the Brazos Valley.
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Texas Central also recently announced that Fluor Enterprises and The Lane Construction will be responsible for the development's pre-construction planning, scheduling, cost estimating, design and engineering services.
Turner said: “As I shared in my State of Mobility address, Houston needs a paradigm shift, a comprehensive approach to mobility that includes all forms of transportation.
“Certainly, a high-speed train to Dallas is a glowing idea among the options, especially when state transportation officials project traffic congestion on Interstate 45 between Houston and Dallas will double by 2035, increasing travel time from about four hours to more than 6.5 hours.”
The project is expected to generate nearly $36bn in direct economic activity over the next 25 years, as well as create around 10,000 direct jobs annually during construction and up to 1,000 jobs after commencing operations.
Texas Central will recruit construction contractors, subcontractors and employees from the Houston area for the construction, maintenance and operations of the project as part of the agreement.