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High-Speed Rail Planned for Texas

Earlier this month, the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition met to discuss bringing high-speed rail to Texas. Bill Meadows, Chairman of the Commission for High-Speed Rail (CHSR) in DFW, and Michael Morris, P.E., Director of Transportation at the North Central Texas Council of Governments, delivered a presentation on the highly-discussed project. Here are the key components of the presentation:

  • A “three station concept” is envisioned for the Dallas-to-Fort Worth line – one station in downtown Dallas, one in Arlington with access to DFW International Airport, and one in downtown Fort Worth.
  • The rail is to be constructed along Interstate 30.
  • The Dallas-to-Fort Worth line will be a connecting route to the Dallas-to-Houston line, focusing on system integration and allowing passengers the advantage of a “one-seat ride.”

Meadows also spoke about the CHSR and their role in the project. The seven-member commission was formed in January and will “advise the Texas Transportation Commission and the Texas Department of Transportation executive director on the development of intercity rail corridors, new transportation policies and funding and procurement strategies as they relate to the implementation of proposed high-speed rail connecting the Dallas and Fort Worth areas.”

Freese and Nichols delivers transportation engineering and planning services and has been building the infrastructure of Texas since the 1890s. For more information on high-speed rail or other transportation projects, contact Transportation Practice Leader Alan Greer, P.E., at Alan.Greer@freese.com.

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