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Texas agency solicits input on high-speed rail plans


The Texas Regional Transportation Council (RTC) has issued a request for information (RFI) to gather feedback on the financing, construction and management of two high-speed rail projects in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Texas Central Partners has proposed a privately operated Dallas-to-Houston line, which would open in 2021 and provide 90-minute trips between the cities. The Texas Department of Transportation is studying a potential high-speed rail corridor running from Oklahoma City to San Antonio and beyond.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) will host an industry forum Oct. 25 in its Arlington offices to provide additional information to potential RFI respondents. Forum attendance isn't required to respond to the RFI.

Responses are due Nov. 18. The NCTCOG will use the information to outline the best methods for delivering high-speed rail to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, RTC officials said in a press release.

"North Texas is poised to be a testing ground for high-speed rail in the U.S.," RTC officials said. "With a surging population and diversified economy relying on efficient transportation to continue growing, Dallas-Fort Worth could be a good market to introduce the technology to the rest of the country."

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