September 20, 2017 – Progressive Railroading –

By Julie Sneider, Senior Associate Editor

At a ceremony held last month at Houston’s City Hall, Mayor Sylvester Turner could hardly contain his enthusiasm about a proposed 240-mile bullet train between the city and North Texas.

Joining Turner at the event were representatives of Texas Central Partners LLC, the private company that plans to build a high-speed rail system based on Japan’s Shinkansen N700 technology to transport passengers from Houston to North Texas in about 90 minutes.

The Aug. 17 ceremony was organized to sign a joint agreement in which the city pledged its support for the project, which is estimated to cost between $10 billion and $15 billion. Under the memorandum of understanding (MOU), Texas Central pledged to work with Houston officials on economic development, jobs creation and traveler-friendly connections between the future train station and the greater Houston region.

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