Federal action pushes Texas bullet train project toward fruition

A proposed high-speed railway would transport passengers from Northwest Houston to downtown Dallas in about 90 minutes.

Taking the United States’ first bullet train from the idea phase to actuality is proving to be a slow, drawn-out process.

But the groundbreaking project continues to progress and passed a significant marker last week when Texas Central, the Dallas-based company developing the high-speed train, announced that the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) had granted its petition to have a custom set of rules created for the railway that would be used to ensure its safety and govern its system and operations. Texas Central filed the petition for the Rule of Particular Applicability in April 2016.