Construction on Texas Central high-speed train begins

Alissa Chang, Leopard Life Co Editor

Texas Central, a private railway company, is beginning construction on a 200 mph high-speed train that connects Dallas to Houston in 90 minutes.

“…It would be easier to see family because my grandma or us has to drive three hours to visit each other, so that would make it a lot easier,” said Jack Thompson, 7.

Texas Central plans to use the Central Japan Railway Company’s Shinkansen N700S train system which has more than 50 years of operation with zero crashes in Japan.

“I have a friend that’s a bridge engineer that is part of the project. He told me it should be on the way in the next 5 years,” said Rovin Jo, campus IT.

The train is estimated to have a $36 million benefit to Texas over the next 25 years and is estimated to create 10,000 jobs per year while building and 1,500 permanent jobs after.

“I think it could improve [lives] because a lot of people commute by car, and a lot of people are saying that it’s pretty costly to fly from Houston to Dallas, so I think the strategy of the train is to kind of be in that price point between the car and the airplane,” said Jo.

Many families, business people, and everyday citizens look forward to the opening of Texas’s first high-speed train.