Proposed Dallas-Houston rail line to get federal review

Japanese Shinkansen bullet train

Credit: Norihiro Kataoka

The JR Central N700 Series, a Japanese Shinkansen bullet train developed by two railway companies in Japan.

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by AMAN BATHEJA / TEXAS TRIBUNE

TEXAS TRIBUNE

Posted on June 27, 2014 at 3:13 PM

Updated Friday, Jun 27 at 3:17 PM

Poll:
Are you excited about the possibility of a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston?

The Federal Railroad Administration published a document on its website Wednesday officially kicking off a highly anticipated environmental review of a proposed high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston.

The document, called a Notice Of Intent To Prepare An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), marks the start of a process that will involve public input on Texas Central High-Speed Railway's ambitious endeavor, which aims to connect travelers between Dallas and Houston in 90 minutes or less. The company has said it plans to operate the country's fastest and only profitable high-speed rail line without public subsidies. Company officials have been preparing for the federal review for more than a year and have quietly worked on the logistics of it with federal officials in advance, according to people involved in the discussions.

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