DEA Meeting: Guest Speaker Rebecca Cowle: The Bullet Train!

Rebecca Cowle with Texas Central Partners, shared an energetic presentation about their Bullet train!  Texas Central Partners is a privately-held company, making data-driven decisions to make this project succeed.

The train will provide trips between North Texas and Houston in less than 90 minutes, across 240-miles of high-speed rail line, at over 200 mph.  There will be departures every 30 minutes during peak periods each day, and every hour during off-peak periods, with time for system maintenance and inspection each night.  There will be 3 stations:  Dallas, Brazos Valley, and Houston.

Texas Central will be using Japanese Bullet train technology which has a 100% perfect safety record over 52 years.  It is environmentally-friendly, low-emission, reliable, comfortable and safe.

This is a private endeavor with no tax-payer subsidy.  Ten Billion dollars in investment will yield $36 billion direct impact economic benefits over the next 25 years, with $2.5 billion in tax revenue.  This will be infrastructure funding more infrastructure.  They estimate generating 10,000 jobs during each year of construction with as many as 1,000 full-time jobs once operational.  They could break ground as early as 2018 and be operational as early as 2023.

Texas Central Partners believes this is the right project done the right way at the right time.  It is a safe, world-class train with less than 1 minute annual delay.  It is a privately funded project.  Texas population growth + traffic congestion = the need for rail.  The trains are 70 minutes faster than driving and 50 minutes faster than flying.

The trains are electrically powered, with a comfortable, smooth ride.  The 11′-wide cabins offer 2×2 seating with room for a full-size wheel-chair to go down the aisle.  Wi-Fi will be available throughout the trip.  There will be a choice of service levels available with food and beverage options.  The passenger stations will have retail stores, restaurants, shops and parking.

To obtain occasional updates on the project, text TRAIN to 52886.  If you are interested in partnering with Texas Central, check out:

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