TCHSR – Houston to Dallas High-Speed Railway – Texas - Project Profile
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Texas Central Railway Company (TCRC) also known as Texas Central High-Speed Railway (TCHSR), a private company in co-ordination with Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is planning to build a high-speed rail (HSR) corridor in Texas, the US.
The project involves the construction of 385km of HSR system capable of running trains based on the Tokaido Shinkansen System (N700-I Bullet total system) with up to 205MPH (miles per hour) speed.
It includes new metro stations, railroad bridges, and related infrastructure, the installation of signaling and safety systems, and the laying of railway tracks and electrified lines.
In 2012, Central Japan Railway Company signed up to be the primary investor in the project following which preliminary engineering, market and financing studies have been initiated. It looked at 97 possible routes nationwide before concluding that Texas was the ideal place for a high-speed line.
In January 2014, TxDOT has teamed up with TCHSR to perform a study on a Dallas-Fort Worth to Houston high-speed rail line.
On June 25, 2014, FRA issued a notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) jointly with TxDOT to study the impacts of constructing and operating a HSR system. Under the EIS, alternative routes for the project will also be evaluated. URS Corporation has been appointed as consulting engineer.
In August 2014, FRA and TxDOT commenced work on EIS. Three routes are being considered for the train, including rights of way along I-45, north along Hwy 249 through Tomball and along a Union Pacific path along Hwy 290 Stops are being considered near Bryan-College Station and possibly along Beltway 8 or the Grand Parkway.
In May 2015, the project secured approval in the state budget. On July 22, 2015, project secured US$75 million funding from private investors.
On August 25, 2015, the project secured approval from FRA. In October 2015, TCHSR started land acquisition process for the project.
On October 21, 2015, TCHSR awarded a pre-construction contract to Archer Western Construction and Ferrovial Agroman with the contract value of US$130 million base on the contract the proposal company will carry out engineering and pre-construction work on the project.
TCHSR requested applications from companies to conduct a feasibility study on the project with a submission deadline of May 27, 2016.
North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) has been appointed as project manager.
On September 30, 2016, Request for Proposals (RFP) from consultants for conducting Dallas High-Speed Rail Station Area Planning Study was issued by NCTCOG.
In November 2016, Plano City Council voted 7-1 to support the project.
In January 2017, Lockwood, Andrews & Newnam (LAN) team was appointed as planning study consultant.
LAN will be supported by sub-consultants AZTEC/TYPSA and LEO A DALY as specialty team members, while AZTEC/TYPSA will draw on its expertise implementing high-speed rail projects around the world while LEO A DALY will provide land use and economic development services.
The sub-consultant team also includes Bowman Engineering & Consulting, DRW Planning Studio, and Civil Associates.
Subject to studies, construction works are expected to commence by 2018.
The project involves the construction of a 385km high-speed rail system from Dallas to Houston in Texas, the US.
The US$10,000 million project includes the following:
1. Construction of metro rail stations
2. Construction of other related infrastructure
3. Installation of railroad bridges
4. Installation of signaling systems
5. Laying of railway tracks and electrified lines
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