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.
Texas Central Partners Memorandum of Understanding
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.
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.
Source: Federal Railroad Administration, 2011
Dallas-Fort Worth High-Speed Transportation Connections Study
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.
NCTCOG completed a technology and corridor alternatives analysis for the Fort Worth to Laredo corridor. The study produced the following documents:
Kevin Feldt, Program Manager
Cile Grady, Senior Administrative Assistant