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Texas Central inks contract for Dallas to Houston HSR line

June 15, 2021

Texas Central Railway—which is constructing a 236-mile line from Dallas to Houston—signed a $16 billion contract with the group Webuild for all the heavy construction on the project. The line is expected to be operational by 2027.

Texas Central said the line will create a “supereconomy” in Texas by integrating the state’s fourth and fifth largest markets. Construction on the project is projected to create 17,000 direct jobs and 20,000 supply chain jobs. It will also create roughly 1,400 permanent jobs when it’s operational.

The line’s electrified trains will run at maximum speeds of about 200 mph, and the trip will take 90 minutes, which is two hours less than driving. The trains will run 18 hours daily, with departures every half hour during peak periods.

Based in Italy, Webuild (formerly Salini Impregilo) has designed and constructed several high-speed rail projects in Europe. Texas Central’s CEO said the deal with Webuild was part of a plan to “put together a team of the best players in the world from each industry” to build and operate the line.

It will be modeled on the Japanese Tokaido Shinkansen high-speed rail system, which has an extraordinary record of punctuality and safety, operating since 1964 with zero injuries or fatalities.