One of the world's largest train operators says that its proposal of a passenger rail network that includes the Interstate 35 corridor would be a better fit for Texas than the $15 billion Dallas-to-Houston bullet train that's on the table. "Look at the state as a whole. Instead of creating a link, create a network," said SNCF America president Alain Leray, who is visiting Dallas, Austin and Waco this week on the heels of filing his company's eight-pages of commentary on the F
This opinion piece was written by Alain Leray, president and CEO of SNCF America Inc., which is France's national state-owned railway company. Read HBJ's latest coverage of the bullet train here. Mar 22, 2018 By Alain Leray
– Guest Contributor As the proposal to build a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston makes its way through a federal regulatory approval process, Texans are asking important questions about its viability and impacts. Although intriguing, Texas
Summary of Comments Submitted to Federal Railroad Administration by Global High-Speed Rail Operator AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SNCF America, Inc. has submitted comments in response to the Federal Railway Administration (FRA) Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIS) for the Dallas to Houston High-Speed Rail Project proposed by Texas Central Rail (TCR). SNCF is a global leader in passenger transport services and one of the largest operators of high-speed rail in th
Ground was broken Wednesday on the so-called "Southern Gateway" project, a massive $666 million reconstruction of a large section of Interstate 35E and State Highway 67 near downtown through Oak Cliff. At a harmonious ceremony -- which stood in stark contrast with the acrimonious debate over the future of I-635 East -- state, regional and local officials said they have plenty to like about the highway. For state officials, the project is about alleviating congestion. For City
Texas Central Railroad held a luncheon Tuesday at the MLK Center, in regard to comments and concerns of the residents of Navarro County at the open forum in January. The Corsicana and Navarro County Chamber of Commerce hosted the luncheon, and Taco Station catered the event. Vice President of External Affairs for TCR Travis Kelly spoke on behalf of the High Speed Rail, attempting to clear up any misconceptions and answering questions the public has asked. When concerning prop
This morning we saw some fresh evidence that, if you are a pedestrian, this city is passively trying to make you inconvenienced, if not actively trying to kill you. Even without any sidewalk-blocking construction, walking in Dallas can be dangerous, something backed up by the data and plenty of personal anecdotes: Spend a week hoofing it from downtown to the Cedars during afternoon rush hour, and you’ll begin treating the desperate sprint across eastbound Griffin Street on Ak
A higher gas tax and new fees for alternative-fuel vehicles are among the ways America can pay for a major overhaul of its outdated infrastructure — and create jobs in the process, says a bipartisan group that includes U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty. “This will put people to work, and everybody knows we need to do it,” said Esty, a three-term Democrat who co-chairs the U.S. House Problems Solvers Caucus Infrastructure Working Group. “We think there is narrow window of a couple mont
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on Jan. 29 will begin a series of 10 public hearings on its draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the proposed bullet train project in Texas.
The first public hearing will be held in Dallas County. Others will be held in locations along the proposed route, which would extend from North Texas to Houston.
The FRA is accepting comments on the DEIS until Feb. 20. The report analyzed six end-to-end build alternatives as well
Mayor Sylvester Turner on Wednesday proposed tightening development rules to strengthen Houston's defenses against flooding, the city's first concrete step to change building practices since Hurricane Harvey inundated hundreds of thousands of homes last August. Turner's proposed changes would require all new buildings outside the floodplain to be elevated two feet above the ground, and all new construction within the 500-year floodplain to be lifted two feet above the project
Better roads, shorter commutes to work - not bathroom bills. Tax reform that actually cuts property taxes - not petty political feuds. Common sense public policy - not social issue melodrama spun by the fringe. I think most of us would choose pragmatic governing in Austin any day over partisan divisiveness. But it's always nice when you hear a group of elected officials, all conservative Republicans, admit they want it, too. On Monday, a panel of six county judges representin