President Eileen joined the Illinois Road and Transportation Builders Association (IRTBA) Planning & Design Board on a field trip for their November Board Meeting to tour the first, truly high-speed bullet train project in Texas.

Using the same technology as the Central Japan Railway Company, Texas Central proposed the Bullet Train that will connect North Texas and Houston in less than 90 minutes making it the most efficient and environmentally friendly mass transportation system in the world.

This transformational project will create approximately 1576 new jobs to be employed by the railroad once operational and keep pace with the rapid business and population growth between the state’s two biggest economic powerhouses. Additionally, the train will provide an attractive alternative to hundreds of thousands of auto passengers every year. By reducing vehicle travel, the train would save 81.5 million gallons of gasoline and remove 14,630 vehicles per day on highway 1-45 between Houston and Dallas.

Construction will begin in 2019 and officials hope the train will begin operating as soon as 2024.

Texas Central is a private Dallas-based company led by investors and will not take state or federal grants for construction or operations.