The I-45 corridor between Houston and Dallas is one of the most heavily trafficked corridors in the state, and one of the most dangerous in the country. The high-speed train being developed by Texas Central will give Houston, North Texas and the entire state a competitive advantage over other states. No other state will be able to offer the same confluence of economic factors associated with this transformational transportation solution.
The high-speed train will make the trip between North Texas and Houston significantly faster and safer. With a 90-minute trip time, it will be much faster than traveling by car, and significantly safer — the I-45 corridor is the second-deadliest highway in the country. The technology being deployed in Texas has moved tens of billions of people safely with NO crashes or fatalities as a result of operations. This project will connect approximately half the state's population.
It will create 10,000 jobs each year during construction and an estimated 1,500 new, highly-skilled jobs. Texas Central is expected to add more than $10 billion in direct investment, $2.5 billion in tax revenues and have an economic impact of $36 billion over twenty years.
This is the third legislative session the project has been a topic. The project is being built without state appropriations or federal grant dollars. Again, lawmakers ensured no harmful legislation or onerous regulations were passed during this session to inhibit the project. There were a number of House bills that could have delayed or harmed the project, and all failed to reach the chamber floor before a key deadline. Two anti-rail measures in the Senate never moved from the Senate Transportation Committee.
The Budget Conference Committee later voted to not take the Senate rider and keep the same language from last session. That rider matches with what's already general law — no state appropriations, and the project continues to be treated like any other major transportation infrastructure project.
The City of Houston expressed opposition to all the anti-Texas Central bills.