$10 Billion Could Buy High-Speed Trains

Rail line proposed between Fort Worth, Houston

The Texas Central Railway is trying to raise $10 billion in private money to build a high-speed rail line from Fort Worth to Houston.

Robert Eckles, Texas Central Railway president, is asking the Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition for feedback on the idea.

He said the cost per ticket would be cheaper than taking a plane. Eckles also said traveling by high-speed rail is more pleasant than flying.

High-speed trains can hold more than 1,000 people and run at 205 mph. The trip between Houston and Fort Worth would take 90 minutes or less.

Dallas commuter Gerald Tubbs, who often rides local trains, said he is anxiously awaiting the rail's proposed 2020 opening.

"That's a long time," he said. "I wish you would get here tomorrow."

Commuter Chaz Clark said his Houston relatives would use the railway to visit more than twice a year.

The next steps for the Texas Central Railway are engineering, gauging the environmental impact of th project and finalizing a business plan.

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