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Will the Potential Dallas-Houston Bullet Train Have a Stop Near You?

What’s the secret to community buy-in for a high-speed rail project? Location, location, location. Last spring, we spoke with former Harris County judge and Texas Central Railway President Robert Eckels about his company’s effort to construct a privately funded bullet train between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Texas Central Railway first proposed the plan to build the rail […]

What’s the secret to community buy-in for a high-speed rail project? Location, location, location.

Last spring, we spoke with former Harris County judge and Texas Central Railway President Robert Eckels about his company’s effort to construct a privately funded bullet train between Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth. Texas Central Railway first proposed the plan to build the rail line back in 2012. If successful, it would offer commuters a way to travel from Houston to Dallas in about 90 minutes.

Tonight at NRG Center, The Federal Railroad Administration and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will hold the last of six “public scoping” meetings. They’ll give a presentation, and then seek comments from the public about the project, as part of their preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement. It’s a chance for Greater Houston residents to see how potential routes and station locations may affect them.

We discuss the proposed routes, and the major concerns voiced by the public thus far. And we welcome your questions and comments for Houston Public Media transportation reporter Gail Delaughter.

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