Developers of the Texas Bullet Train unveiled new details on Jan. 29 on its planned passenger station in Dallas.
Texas Central said the terminal will be built on a largely vacant 60-acre plot south of the Kay Bailey Hutchison ConvenFon Center in the revitalized Cedars neighborhood, near the Interstate 30 and Interstate 35 interchange. The area is undergoing a transition from mostly light industrial and manufacturing facilities to a walkable neighborhood, featuring repurposed and new-build mixed-use developments. The announcement comes a month after federal regulators overseeing the project said in an environment analysis that the 200-mph, North Texas-to-Houston train would “alleviate the strain” on the state’s infrastructure and “is needed to accommodate growing demand,” according to a news release from Texas Central.
From the Dallas station, passengers will have a 90-minute connection to the Greater Houston region, along with a midway stop in the Brazos Valley. Plans call for connecting the local station to multimodal transportation networks, including DART services. The introduction of the Texas Bullet Train to the Cedars will accelerate and enhance economic growth in the southern edge of downtown, including office, retail, entertainment, restaurants, hotels, apartments and condominiums. Texas Central released maps and conceptual renderings – final designs are pending – that show a multi-level station between South Riverfront Boulevard and Austin Street, built to link with nearby roadways and other forms of transportation. That includes proposed connections with DART’s light-rail system, buses and other transit systems. “This station will be a magnet for economic activity in an area ripe for development. And it will connect seamlessly with local roads and public transit,” said Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar.
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