Federal officials grant up to $2.5 million for Texas rail projects, including increased San Antonio routes and initial funding for Houston-Dallas high-speed rail development, according to a San Antonio Express-News article. They say,
“Federal officials have awarded up to $2.5 million to further develop passenger rail service in Texas — including study of increased frequency on San Antonio routes — and to further study of high-speed service along a new corridor between Houston and Dallas identical to private service that’s been planned.
The funding, up to $500,000 for Amtrak, is for the first stages of developing high-speed rail service between Houston and Dallas with a stop described as being in the “Brazos Valley.” The money would be strictly for “preparing, completing, or documenting its service development plan,” and does not commit any funding for what is likely to be a $25 billion to $35 billion project.”
Texas secures $1 million in federal funds, split between Dallas-Houston high-speed rail and the I-20 corridor long-distance passenger rail project, enhancing state infrastructure development, according to an Audacy article. They say,
“Texas is getting $1 million in federal infrastructure money, with some of that earmarked for high-speed rail service from Dallas to Houston.
Half the money will go to the high-speed rail project, while the other half will be used for the Interstate 20 corridor long-distance passenger rail project, which would connect Dallas to Meridian, Mississippi.”
The funding, sourced from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, signed by President Biden two years ago, allocates $550 billion through 2026 for national infrastructure improvements, encompassing roads, bridges, transit, and broadband.