On Aug. 17, Texas Central Partners and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner signed a joint agreement in which the city pledged its support for Texas Central's proposal to build a privately operated 240-mile bullet train between the city and North Texas.
Under the joint agreement, Texas Central pledged to work with Houston officials on economic development, jobs creation and traveler-friendly connections between the future train station and the greater Houston region.
Although the site of the Houston station has yet to be determined, Texas Central officials have said it will be built in the general area south of U.S. Highway 290, west of Loop 610 and north of Interstate 10, near downtown and major employment centers.
The agreement is the strongest sign yet of local support for the bullet train project, which is expected to generate $36 billion in direct economic activity over the next 25 years and create more than 10,000 jobs during construction, as well as up to 1,000 once the train is operational, Texas Central officials say.
The effort also promises to be one of the largest civil infrastructure projects in U.S. history. To learn more about how the project is shaping up, check out my report in the September issue of Progressive Railroading.