The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), in cooperation with Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) will prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the proposed Central Texas High-Speed Rail Corridor.
The proposed corridor would connect Dallas and Houston with a dedicated High Speed Rail (HSR) system proposed by a private company, Texas Central Railway (TCR).
As part of the EIS, the environmental and social impacts of various alternative HSR route alignments will be analyzed including possible routes that share corridors with an existing rail line and along electric utility lines. The TCR’s proposed high speed line would operate on a dedicated right-of-way and would not share track or infrastructure with existing trains or rail lines. In addition, the EIS will analyze the potential impacts of stations, power or fueling stations, and maintenance facilities to support HSR operations.
FRA published a Notice of Intent to prepare an EIS on June 25, 2014. Twelve public scoping meetings were held in October - December. The scoping period ended on January 9, 2015. The Scoping Summary Report summarizes the public and agency scoping process and the comments received during the public scoping period for the Project.
Scoping Summary Report appendices:
Appendix A – Notice of Intent (NOI)
Appendix B – Public Notification of the Scoping Period Extension
Appendix C.1 – Display Advertisements
Appendix D – Scoping Meeting Materials
Appendix E – Scoping Comments
The Texas Department of Transportation is providing technical assitance to FRA in carrying out the NEPA process for the 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.texascentralhighspeedrail.com/page4/index.html.
Using comments and information received during the scoping process, the initial alternative corridors will be reviewed and refined to develop the alternative HSR route alignments to be evaluated in detail in the Draft EIS. The Draft EIS will also include evaluation of a No Build Alternative.
Following refinement of the alternatives, technical studies will be conducted and the Draft EIS will be prepared. The Draft EIS is anticipated to be available for public review in late 2015.
If you would like to provide comments, or to receive email updates on the Environmental Impact Statement process, send an email to DallasHoustonHSR@urs.com. Note: Comments received outside of the public comment period will be considered in the EIS document as feasible, and all comments received will be included in the administrative record.