LocalMeA Minute - Texas Central presents High-Speed Bullet Train to GEMC Chamber of Commerce
It was another well-attended event for the Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce. David Hagy, Vice President of external affairs for the Texas Central Hi-Speed Railroad Project spoke at their April 3rd luncheon. He provided an outstanding presentation on the history, plans, and workings of the overall processes required until completion.
Rick Hatcher, President of the chamber noted that many questions were answered by Mr. Hagy that concerned many not totally knowledgeable of the bullet train that will connect two of the United States largest and fastest growing cities, Houston and Dallas.
Asked why the route of Interstate 45 which connects the two cities now was not considered as a route for the railroad Mr. Hagy explained that the routing is not determined by the private entity of Texas Central, but is mandated by the federal transportation board who dictates the space used. Also, at a high rate of speed that averages 200 mph, a straight rail is highly desired and interstate 45 meanders greatly along its path from Houston to Dallas.
The rail is slated to be built along as many current rights of way that already exist to lessen the impact on landowners. Although still five or more years away with a hoped-for completion of the 12 billion dollar endeavor, the Houston station will be built and reenergized as commercial property at the old Northwest Mall near the intersection of highway 290 and loop 610. It has already been purchased and being engineered for development for the sleek, high-speed bullet train connecting the two largest metropolitan areas of Texas.