Newly released sketches show what the interior of a high-speed rail connecting Dallas and Houston could look like if the project overcomes court challenges and breaks ground.
Texas Central, the private company behind the project, released details and sketches of the interior of the train cars this week.
The project still faces hurdles. Texas Central is waiting on green lights from the federal government.
The company must also finish acquiring land and financing. And there are ongoing legal battles with opponents of the train. But Aguilar remains confident.
If the rail comes to fruition, passengers wouldn't have to worry about the middle seat squeeze – because there is no middle seat – its either an aisle or window seat. There will also be no seat belts.
“This design gives passengers nearly a foot more legroom than most coach airlines seats ensuring the most comfortable ride possible for all riders,” Texas Central said in blog post.
Gallery: Peek Inside High-Speed Train That Will Run From Dallas to Houston
Interior features onboard the train cars include:
- Two configurations: 2/2 and 2/1 seat configuration (no middle seat ever!)
- High-speed Wi-Fi: multi-point Integrated high-speed internet connectivity to provide the fastest, most reliable wireless connection of any train in the world
- The ability to configure some of the eight-cars to “quiet cars” with restrictions on cell phone usage
- Trains will feature variable lighting to accommodate individual passengers
- Full access for all: the train will meet or exceed all ADA specifications
"I still can say we're absolutely sure it's going to happen," Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar said.