Texas Central Rail and Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. have entered into a contract to make a Houston-Dallas bullet train a reality according to a Dallas Innovates article from May 4th. In it they say:
“Local high-speed rail developer Texas Central has signed a $1.6 billion contract with Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. to install the core electrical systems for the proposed high-speed train that would run between Dallas and Houston.
The deal means that Kiewit would oversee the completion of safety and systems elements, such as traction power and signaling and communications equipment. It’s a critical part of development: Trains are able to ensure the tracks and operators communicate with one another and network operations.”
The project will bring thousands of new jobs in the North Texas area according to an NBC 5 DFW article from May 3rd. In it they say:
“Texas Central said the project could create an estimated 17,000 jobs during the six years of its construction, 20,000 supply chain hobs and more than 1,400 permanent jobs once the train is fully operational.
Texas Central said their project will use $7.3 billion of materials from US companies across 37 states and over the next 25 years and that it’s expected to have a direct cumulative economic impact of $36 billion.”
A faster way to get between the two cities is one step closer to becoming reality.