The Texas Transportation Commission established the Commission for High-Speed Rail in the DFW Region to advise on the proposed Dallas-Fort Worth Core Express Service. The Commission for High-Speed Rail in the DFW Region advises on the proposed development of intercity rail corridors, new transportation policies, and funding and procurement strategies related to the implementation of potential high-speed rail in the Metroplex.
TxDOT and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), are developing an environmental study to examine the feasibility of a faster, limited-stop passenger rail service that could connect possible future high-speed rail lines currently being planned in Dallas and Fort Worth. The study is 100 percent federally funded and will consider possible rail alignments, train types and speeds. Although there has been regional discussion about station concepts serving downtown Dallas, Arlington and downtown Fort Worth, specific station locations have not been determined.
In addition, the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), the metropolitan planning organization for the Dallas-Fort Worth Region, has included high-speed or express passenger rail corridors in its long-range regional transportation plan (Mobility 2040).
FRA initiated the process of evaluating the possibility for a high-speed or express passenger rail line between Fort Worth and Dallas by publishing a notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) for such a line. TxDOT and FRA hosted a public open house on June 30, 2015. The meeting focused on potential track location in or near Fort Worth, Haltom City, Richland Hills, Euless, Irving, Arlington, Grand Prairie and Dallas.
Funding for the Dallas-Fort Worth Core Express environmental study comes from the April 2011 U.S. High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program grant; it is important to note that there is no funding for construction at this time. The FRA will publish an Alternatives Analysis report in the summer of 2017 at the conclusion of the federal grant.
TxDOT, FRA and NCTCOG are committed to ongoing public outreach throughout this project. The first series of public meetings were scoping meetings, which drew more than 300 attendees in Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington during November 2014. The scoping meeting comment period ended on Dec. 15, 2014.
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