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Bullet Train to Connect Houston and Dallas at 205 MPH


The highly anticipated bullet train project — set to connect Houston and Dallas with bullet trains — is progressing again

The high speed rail is projected to be capable of 205 MPH top speed, carrying passenger between Dallas and Houston in about 90 minutes.

There is always a caveat when it comes to high speed train - the number of stops it makes must be reduced to absolute minimum to be effective as a high speed transportation.  Trains cannot speed up and slow down like vehicles, and more stops along the route means significant increase in the travel time.

The Woodlands, Texas residents are feeling left out as the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) released maps of nine potential routes to connect the two cities.

Only two of those routes were "selected for detailed evaluation" for the proposed Texas Central High-Speed Rail system. The selected routes lead to Houston from either State Highway 249 or U.S. Highway 290, eventually intersecting with the 610 Loop and ending inside the city.

Unfortunately for The Woodlands, one of the fastest-growing local hotspots, neither of these routes would allow for a stop there.

According to the website for the federally mandated environmental impact study, the decision to avoid the I-45 corridor has to do with saving funds and general feasibility. With The Woodlands area growing so quickly and becoming a business hub of its own, Long does not understand why the rail wouldn't stop at the township.

In recent days, the project faced another obstacle from politically active group consisting of 400 members throughout rural Southeast Texas.  The group was in strong opposition to using Japanese rail technology.  Let's hope that the project will be completed by 2021 as planned.

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