TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES Texas Central bullet train project receives rulings on safety framework, selected alignment
ON THE RAILS Texas Central’s proposed high-speed rail route runs directly through Cy-Fair, including through the White Oak Falls neighborhood and the future site of the Dunham Pointe master-planned community. The train’s preferred route was established by the Federal Railroad Administration in a prepublication of its nal ruling released in September.
The Federal Railroad Administra- tion released prepublication versions in September of its nal rulings on safety guidelines and the pre- ferred alignment of Texas Central’s high-speed bullet train connecting Houston to Dallas. The two rulings, known as the Rule of Particular Applicability and Record of Decision, are the latest milestones for the ongoing project, according to Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar. “The release ... represents years of work by countless individuals, arming a very thorough and careful federal regulatory process that will make the Texas Central Railroad the rst high-speed rail system to be implemented in the United States,” Aguilar said. The RPA ruling establishes safety guidelines for the system, while the ROD establishes the project’s preferred alignment from Houston to Dallas. Those in opposition to the train system, such as ReRoute the Route, argue there are many steps left until the project can be built. Taylor Ward, a spokesperson for ReRoute the Route, said he expected property rights issues to be a focus of the 2021 Legislative Session. BY SHAWN ARRAJJ & ADRIANA REZAL
Proposed route Nearby development 1 Dunham Pointe neighborhood 2 Camden Cypress Creek Apartments 3 Stone Gate neighborhood 4 Cy-Fair High School 6 White Oak Falls neighborhood 7 Cypress Falls High School 8 Village Center
Preferred Houston station
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“This action by the FRA was simply another step in the bureau- cratic process that does not move the project one step closer to breaking ground,” Ward said. The alignment has the train crossing through the Cy-Fair area, including through the White Oak Falls subdivision and the site of the future Dunham Pointe
master-planned community. Archie Dunham, the developer behind the community, declined comment on the rail’s alignment. Construction for the high-speed train system is slated to begin in the rst half of 2021 and be completed in 2027. Texas Central ocials claim hard costs for the project will amount to $20 billion.
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Construction begins on West Road widening Construction began in September on a project to widen West Road in Harris County Precinct 3 between Woodson Terrace Lane and Greenhouse Road from two lanes to four lanes. A $1.4 million contract was awarded to Unitas Con- struction in August. The project also includes median and left turn lanes at major intersections. Timeline: September-TBD Cost: $1.4 million Funding source: Harris County Precinct 3
Beginning next year, Southwest Airlines will be soar- ing into its second Houston-area airport: George Bush Intercontinental Airport. According to an Oct. 12 announce- ment from the Dallas-based airline, Southwest Airlines is expanding its services in the Houston and Chicago regions next year. The airline will begin servicing IAH, which is located near Humble, in the rst half of 2021, according to the release. However, specic details—such as terminal location, schedules and routes—are not yet available.
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CYFAIR EDITION • NOVEMBER 2020
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