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January 30, 2018

Texas Bullet Train developers select Dallas station site

US-based bullet train service developer Texas Central has selected a 60-acre plot for the construction of the Dallas passenger station, as part of a $15bn high-speed rail line project.

US-based bullet train service developer Texas Central has selected a 60-acre plot for the construction of the Dallas passenger station, as part of a $15bn high-speed rail line project.

Located south of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Cedars, the site is situated near the interchange of Interstate 30 and Interstate 35, and is set to connect the cities of Dallas and Houston.

Texas’ new high-speed rail service will offer 90-minute connectivity from Dallas to the Greater Houston region with a midway stop in the Brazos Valley.

“This station will be a magnet for economic activity in an area ripe for development, and it will connect seamlessly with local roads and public transit.”

Texas Central has released maps and conceptual renderings of the proposed multi-level station between South Riverfront Boulevard and Austin Street, though the final design of the station is pending.

The site is expected to be connected with nearby roadways and other forms of transportation, including DART’s light-rail system.

Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar said: “This station will be a magnet for economic activity in an area ripe for development, and it will connect seamlessly with local roads and public transit.”

The federal regulators also noted in the environmental report that the new Dallas station will also have multiple economic benefits and facilitate development in the region.

Cedars Neighborhood Association president Phillip Robinson said: “Location is everything, and the southern sector of Dallas continues to be one of the hottest spots for the city’s growth.

“The station is sure to help local establishments, continue our organic growth and support our cultural amenities.”

The federal regulators responsible for overseeing the project previously outlined a preferred route between North Texas and Houston last month.

They also identified station locations as part of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

The 240-mile high-speed project is set to provide services every half an hour during peak periods once completed.

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