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Dallas to Houston High Speed Rail – Passenger Service from Houston to Dallas

Environmental Impact Statement

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in cooperation with Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Central Texas High-Speed Rail Corridor.  The proposed corridor will connect Dallas and Houston with a dedicated High Speed Rail (HSR) system proposed by a private company, Texas Central Railway (TCR). TCR plans a HSR system that will allow easy and convenient connections with other transportation services in Houston and Dallas. As part of the EIS, the impacts of various alternative HSR route alignments will be analyzed including shared corridors with an existing rail line and along electric utility lines. The TCR’s proposed high speed line will operate on a dedicated right-of-way and would not share track or infrastructure with existing trains and rail lines. In addition, the EIS will analyze the potential impacts of stations, power or fueling stations, and maintenance facilities to support HSR operations. 

TCR is a Texas-based company formed in 2009 to bring HSR to Texas as a private-sector venture.  Working closely with Central Japan Railway Company (JRC), TCR is proposing the deployment of JRC’s N700-I Bullet System based on the world’s safest, most reliable, lowest emission, electric-powered, HSR systems, the Tokaido Shinkansen System.  Developed and operated by JRC and the former Japan National Railways, the Tokaido Shinkansen has operated safely for almost 50 years and carries over 400,000 daily passengers. The most current generation Shinkansen train, the Series N700, runs at speeds up to 186 miles per hour.

FRA published a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS on June 25, 2014. The scoping period has recently been extended from November 14, 2014 to January 9, 2015. Six public scoping meetings will be held in early December and six public scoping meetings already took place in October. Dates and locations for the public scoping meetings are:

CityDate and TimeLocation
Jewett December 1, 2014
4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Jewett Civic Center
111 North Robinson
Jewett, TX
Waxahachie December 1, 2014
4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Waxahachie Civic Center
2000 Civic Center Lane
Waxahachie, TX
Madisonville December 2, 2014
4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Truman Kimbro Convention Center
111 West Trinity
Madisonville, TX
Waller December 2, 2014
4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Waller High School
Auditorium
20950 Fields Store Road
Waller, TX
Tomball December 3, 2014
4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Beckindorf Conference Center
Lone Star College
30555 Tomball Parkway
Tomball, TX
Navasota December 4, 2014
4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Grimes County Expo Center
5220 F.M. 3455
Navasota, TX
Dallas October 21, 2014
4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Dallas Infomart
1950 North Stemmons Freeway #7000
Dallas, TX
Corsicana October 22, 2014
4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
IOOF Event Center
601 North 45th Street
Corsicana, TX
Teague October 23, 2014
4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Teague Community Center
511 Main Street
Teague, TX
Bryan October 27, 2014
4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Brazos Center
3232 Briarcrest Drive
Bryan, TX
Huntsville October 28, 2014
4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Veterans Conference Center
455 SH 75 N
Huntsville, TX
Houston October 29, 2014
4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
NRG Center
Second Floor
1 Reliant Parkway
Houston, TX

Additional information about the project and the scoping meetings, including the scoping meeting presentation and meetings boards, can be found on the EIS website http://dallashoustonhsr.com/.

Written comments on the scope of the EIS may be mailed or emailed to Michael Johnsen, Lead Environmental Protection Specialist, Office of Program Delivery, Federal Railroad Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, MS-20, Washington, DC 20590 or Michael.johnsen@dot.gov.

The Texas Department of Transportation is a co-lead for this NEPA project and has information on their website: http://www.txdot.gov/inside-txdot/division/rail.html

More information on the train system is available at TCR’s website: http://www.texascentral.com/ 

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