Texas Bullet Train Picks Sites for Houston and Dallas Terminals
Texas has long been debating whether a bullet train from Houston to Dallas would be worth it. Being a city-dweller, I think it absolutely would - Houston to Dallas in 90 minutes!? Both cities, which are are expected to each reach a population of 10 million by 2035, according to Houston Chron, would seriously benefit from a mass transit system like this.
Of course their are pitfalls, which is why there is so much opposition (largely from rural areas who would have to deal with a 200 mph train whizzing by their neighborhood).
While the selections have been made, the project estimated to cost anywhere from $15-18 billion, must be approved by the federal government. However, the project will be privately funded per Texas Central unlike California's high-speed rail, which is is utilizing a state-funded authority and government grants.
Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner Jack Cagle said it well when speaking with Chron:
Right now we compete against Dallas. But with that 90-minute trip, we will compete with Dallas.