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High-Speed Rail

On March 16, 2016, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued a notice of request for proposals for projects for the financing, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of a high-speed passenger rail system operating within a high-speed rail corridor.  Leaders throughout Dallas-Fort Worth have been working for several years to bring high-speed rail to, from, and within the region.  This Federal Register notice presents an opportunity for the private sector to bring innovation and experience from across the globe to advance high-speed rail in this region or others throughout the country.


The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) hosted an industry forum with firms potentially interested in proposing a high-speed rail project in the Dallas-Fort Worth region to FRA and USDOT through the request for proposals on June 20, 2016.  Information on regional plans and policies, status of environmental documents, and data available were presented at the forum.  Meeting materials and archived video are linked below.

General High-Speed Rail Information

The Dallas-Fort Worth region is a critical component of a high-speed rail network across Texas connecting to Houston, Dallas, Arlington, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and points beyond.  We look forward to meeting with firms interested in advancing this modern mode of transportation within Dallas-Fort Worth.

Federal Railroad Administration High Speed Rail Map 2011

 

High-Speed Rail Technology Definitions

High-speed rail is generally defined as passenger rail that operates over 90 miles per hour (MPH) on conventional rail tracks or over 150 MPH on dedicated rail, with no at-grade crossings, with highway or other rail traffic.

 

FRA Technology Definitions

Speed

Shared Track with Freight?

Grade Separation Required?

NCTCOG
 Mobility Plan Terminology

Terminology Equivalent

Conventional Passenger Rail
(Local Rail & Amtrak)

<90 MPH

Yes

No

Regional Rail
Intercity Rail

Low

Emerging High-Speed Rail

90–110 MPH

Yes
(Primarily
Shared Track)

No
(Advanced
Protection Required)

Intercity Higher
Speed Rail

Medium

High-Speed Rail-Regional

110–150 MPH

Minimal

Yes

Intercity High-Speed Rail

Medium-High

High-Speed Rail-Express

>150 MPH

No

Yes

Intercity High-Speed Rail

High

Source:  Federal Railroad Administration, 2011   

 

Environmental Reviews

The Texas Department of Transportation is leading the environmental study for the Fort Worth to Dallas line. An advisory committee has been formed. More information is available at the Dallas/Fort Worth Core Express Service project website.

A private company, Texas Central Partners, is also pursuing a high-speed rail project from Dallas to Houston and is currently conducting an environmental study. More information can be found at texascentral.com.

Resource Links

Multimodal/Intermodal/High-Speed Rail/Freight Subcommittee

Staff

  • Kevin Feldt, Program Manager
  • Cile Grady, Senior Administrative Assistant

 

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