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RTC Approves $4.5M for Planning of DFW High Speed Rail

Regional line would connect Fort Worth to Houston in 90 minutes

Aug. 21, 2015 (Arlington, Texas) –High speed trains are poised to link Fort Worth to Houston and other metropolitan areas in Texas, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments continues to play a role in planning activities.

Texas Central Partners is working to deliver high speed rail in the Dallas-Fort Worth-to-Houston corridor by 2021, allowing travelers a smooth, congestion-free ride between the state’s two largest metropolitan areas using technology popular in other parts of the world. In conjunction with this private-sector effort, planning efforts continue on a project to develop high speed rail within the region that would connect to the Fort Worth-to-Houston line when it opens and could eventually offer access to a third corridor stretching from Oklahoma to South Texas.

The Regional Transportation Council (RTC) took a step Thursday to assist further with the regional line, as well as to coordinate activities with the other corridors. The RTC approved the expenditure of $4.5 million through fiscal year 2018 for planning, design, project development and preliminary engineering. The plan calls for $1.5 million per year to be spent on these activities starting in fiscal year 2016. The money will come from the Regional Toll Revenue funding account.

“High speed rail has the potential to revolutionize the way we travel between the state’s largest metropolitan areas,” said Bill Meadows, Chairman of the Commission for High-Speed Rail in the Dallas/Fort Worth Region. “With population growth in Dallas-Fort Worth and throughout Texas showing no signs of slowing down, innovation is necessary and will ensure the transportation system continues to provide safe, efficient service to all. With this decision, the RTC has reaffirmed its commitment to high speed rail in the region.”

The RTC’s high speed rail decision was part of a $63.4 million allocation to air quality and management and operations projects and programs to ensure they continue through 2018. The RTC had allocated $1.4 million to high speed rail activities in previous years, allowing NCTCOG to assist with planning efforts, including public involvement and ridership projections.

The Texas Department of Transportation remains responsible for the environmental clearance of the Dallas-Fort Worth project with progress meeting private sector schedules.

 

About the North Central Texas Council of Governments:

NCTCOG is a voluntary association of local governments established in 1966 to assist local governments in planning for common needs, cooperating for mutual benefit and coordinating for sound regional development. NCTCOG's purpose is to strengthen both the individual and collective power of local governments and to help them recognize regional opportunities, eliminate unnecessary duplication and make joint decisions.

NCTCOG serves a 16-county region of North Central Texas, which is centered on the two urban centers of Dallas and Fort Worth. Currently, NCTCOG has 238 member governments including
16 counties, 169 cities, 22 school districts and 31 special districts. For more information on the
NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit  www.nctcog.org/trans.

For more news from the NCTCOG Transportation Department, visit www.nctcog.org/trans/outreach/media.

 

      About the Regional Transportation Council:

The Regional Transportation Council (RTC) of the North Central Texas Council of Governments has served as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for regional transportation planning in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 1974. The MPO works in cooperation with the region’s transportation providers to address the complex transportation needs of the rapidly growing metropolitan area. The Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area includes Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Parker, Rockwall, Tarrant and Wise counties. The RTC’s 44 members include local elected or appointed officials from the metropolitan area and representatives from each of the area’s transportation providers.

 

      Contact:

Amanda Wilson (817) 695-9284 awilson@nctcog.org or Dan Lamers (817) 695-9263 dlamers@nctcog.org

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