When Texas Central Railroad released details that it was creating a 240-mile-long route for a high-speed bullet train in Texas, there was some excitement for the project. Most Texans can agree that the drive between the major cities can be long and tiresome since the state is so expansive. This bullet train was initiated to cut down travel times between the big cities and save everyone some travel blues, but now, the project may get terminated.
On April 7, 2020, John Wray from the Texas House of Representatives released on his Facebook a letter from 28 lawmakers requesting the U.S. Department of Transportation to "terminate further actions associated with Texas Central's 240-mile route high-speed rail project connecting Dallas and Houston."
John Wray continued on to say "It has become clear Texas Central Railroad (TCRR) simply does not have the financial resources required or expertise employed to continue with this project.
"To proceed otherwise would be an inexcusable waste of taxpayer dollars," said Wray.
Aguilar openly disagrees with this proposed initiative, after making a statement discussing that Texas Central is the project that the Lone Star state needs more than ever.
He, and others on his team, believe that this project is what can help Texas during and after the pandemic.
Aguilar states “It’s disappointing that some lawmakers are focused on killing more than 17,000 jobs in this time of need considering the economic hit we’ve taken due to COVID-19 and declining oil prices."
He continues on to say "In addition to providing a new, safe and efficient transportation option, this project has the ability to help jump start the Texas economy.”
What does this mean for Texan citizens? The project could be heavily delayed or completely terminated, leaving us with no high-speed bullet trains in our state.
Or, the proposal to end the Texas Central project could be dismissed, leaving us with a train that was projected to be completed by 2026.
The travel times across the massive 268,581-square-mile state may not be improved by a bullet train anytime soon, but the decision is in the hands of the U.S. Department of Transportation.