Economic Development

High-speed rail connecting two of the largest economic powerhouses in the country makes good business sense for Texas. The construction and ongoing operation and maintenance of a rail system between Dallas and Houston will infuse money into local and state economies and create thousands of quality jobs. In addition, the project will be a significant taxpayer to the state and in counties and school districts in communities where tracks, stations and other facilities are located to ensure all communities benefit from the system.
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Alleviating Traffic

Cars, trucks, 18-wheelers and motorcycles crowd Interstate 45 between Houston and Dallas, with travel times often approaching and sometimes exceeding five hours depending on road and weather conditions. The Texas Department of Transportation estimates that this trek could take upwards of 6.5 hours by 2035.

A 2010 study of intercity travel in Texas estimated that the average travel speeds of approximately 60 mph along the I-45 corridor would drop almost 35 percent to 40 mph — making for a 6.5-hour drive between Dallas and Houston. This includes all planned improvements and increased highway capacity.

Passengers on the high-speed rail system will leave traffic jams, construction delays and flat tires behind as they zip effortlessly between the two cities. A more pleasant and productive experience will be an oasis for business and leisure travelers alike. And for those who continue to drive, more passengers on the train means fewer people in front of you on the highway. It’s a win-win for Texans and it’s going to be here before you know it.
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Environmentally Sound

The N700 train consumes 1/8th less energy per seat and expends 1/12th carbon dioxide than a Boeing B777-200.* The Series N700 was designed to operate in some of Japan’s most dense urban environments; it embodies decades of applied research, making it one of the quietest trains in the world.

*Data based on Tokyo-Osaka line

Although a private-sector project, government agencies will play an important role in certifying the technology, reviewing the project’s environmental impacts, coordination during the project’s construction and regulating the system’s operations.

Domestic Control

TCR is a U.S. company, headquartered in Texas, with offices in Dallas, Houston and Washington, DC serving the various needs of the project and close coordination with federal regulatory agencies, cities, counties and communities along the project’s route.

Although we are cooperating to make this project a success, TCR and JRC are two separate, independent, and non-affiliated entities.

JRC’s Life of System commitment is critical to the project’s success. The operator of the system in Texas will have the benefit of the technical support of the world’s premier high-speed rail operator, thereby ensuring safe, fast, efficient and dependable high-speed rail operations for generations of future Texans.

Following the completion of the environmental impact study, TCR anticipates that independent privately funded development entities will assume responsibility for the project’s construction and the selection of an operator to manage the operation of the railway. It is anticipated that the development and construction of the system will be financed by a wide-variety of investors.

Safety

High-speed rail is the safest way to travel between cities. In fact, millions of passengers ride high-speed rail every day across Europe and Asia.

After 50 years of high-speed rail operation on Japan’s Tokaido Shinkansen system, there have been no fatalities or injuries due to train accidents, because of thorough system maintenance and advanced safety systems.

To learn from that long experience, TCR has consulted with global leaders in the high-speed rail industry to ensure that the latest technologies and highest standards for safety are promoted for use in Texas.

We are working closely with JRC, the premier operator of world-class high-speed passenger rail, including Japan’s Tokaido Shinkansen. JRC has turned high-speed rail operation into an exact science.

TCR and JRC are committed to a 100% safety performance standard. JRC’s more than 50-year record of safe high-speed rail operations is unrivaled globally, and we will insist on nothing less here in Texas.

JRC intends to provide a Life of System commitment to the project in Texas. While JRC is not a financial investor in the project and will not participate as a lead entity at any phase of the project, the project will have the benefit from JRC’s technical support backed up with its experience and HSR know-how at every phase of the project’s design, construction, and operation. This Texas HSR project will have the benefit of JRC’s technical support, thereby helping to ensure a safety and performance record on par with the highly successful Tokaido Shinkansen.

TCR and JRC’s commitment to safety permeates every aspect of the train system’s design, and an expertly designed and executed operation and maintenance regiment, including:

  • Adoption of a complete system that seamlessly integrates signaling, infrastructure design, track work, communications, power supply, operations, maintenance, rolling stock and the system safety plan into a coherent whole;

  • A completely separated track system dedicated solely to high-speed passenger rail service and fully grade-separated infrastructure, precluding any possible encounter with freight traffic, motor vehicles or pedestrians; and

  • Use of JRC’s state-of-the-art and proprietary Automatic Train Control (ATC) signaling technology, which will provide equivalent or even better safety levels than those in use in the U.S. today.