Updated March 13, 2020 - TRA Newswire -

(Updated to include listing of three public meetings on draft safety regulations)

It's called a Rule of Particular Applicability. What it really means is that the Federal Railroad Administration, in the past, never needed to consider that trains would run at 200 miles per hour in this country. Therefore the agency had to study the issue and come up with standards for a safe operation.

The FRA's Rule of Particular Applicability (RPA) was issued on March 10th to establish safety standards for Texas Central Railway's Dallas to Houston high-speed rail operation. The RPA would only apply to the bullet train line planned for Texas, according to a Federal Register notice that the FRA issued earlier this week.

FRA's proposed rules would apply to many aspects of high-speed rail safety, including signal and train set control, track, rolling stock, operating practices, system qualifications and maintenance.

Public comments will be accepted until May 11.

Three public hearings are scheduled on the RPA , one in North Texas, the Houston region and in Navasota.
Dallas area - March 31, 4 p.m. to 9 p.m at Waxahachie Civic Center, 2000 Civic Center Lane, Waxahachie, Texas 75165
Navasota - April 1, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Grimes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, 5220 FM 3455, Navasota, Texas 77868
Houston area -  April 2, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Waller High School Auditorium, 20950 Field Store Road, Waller, Texas 77484
Texas Rail Advocates urges supporters of this game-changing transportation system to attend the meetings and either in writing or by public testimony show that you are behind Texas Central's high speed train. "There are detractors of this project that would like to see it derailed but it's way too important for our Texas economy to say no", according to TRA President Peter LeCody. "This will be the largest transportation infrastructure project in the state in decades and will show how Texas can be a leader in this country in high speed rail built and run through private enterprise."

The private developer, Texas Central, indicated at the Southwestern Rail Conference in Dallas this past January that they are "shovel ready" and awaiting final approvals from the U.S. Department of Transportation to proceed with construction.

The system is to have no at-grade crossings, would operate on dedicated track and run at speeds up to 205 miles per hour. The 240 mile line would allow passengers to traverse between the two mega regions in just 90 minutes. The rolling stock would be similar to what is now in service by Central Japan Railway.