Despite some public criticism—and even doubt if the project will come to pass—the proposed high-speed rail project between Houston and Dallas is on the fast track to becoming a reality, according to an official with the company leading the project.
“It’s going to get built,” said Michael Moore, regional vice president of external affairs at Texas Central, the company spearheading the effort. “The project is moving forward.”
Speaking at the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce’s Government Affairs Forum on Wednesday, June 20, Moore said he expects construction will begin by the end of 2019 and take about five years to complete.
“There are 14 million trips a year between Houston and Dallas, and 90 percent of these are by car,” Moore said, adding that traffic congestion is expected to worsen as the state’s population grows.
“We need transportation alternatives,” he said. “The freeways can only grow so much.”