High-Speed Rail

High speed north texas logo with rail line in black

In concert with national efforts to foster the development of high-speed rail across the US, leaders throughout Dallas-Fort Worth have been working for several years to bring high-speed transportation options to, from, and within the region.

Current Regional High-Speed Transportation Efforts:

High-Speed Transportation logo for the Fort Worth to South Texas high speed rail study High-Speed Transportation train logo linked to the DFW High-Speed Transportation Connections Study High-Speed Transportation train logo for the Dallas to Houston high speed rail linking to the Texas Central website for more information
Completed by NCTCOG in early 2020

Determined the feasibility of high-speed transportation between Fort Worth, Waco, Killeen/Temple, Austin, San Antonio, and Laredo
 Commenced by NCTCOG in spring 2020 Received Record of Decision and Final Rule of Particular Applicability from the Federal Railroad Administration on September 10, 2020


Congressionally Designated High-Speed Rail Corridors

Map outlining the Congressionally-Designated High-Speed Rail Corridors in the US.

Source:  "Vision for HIGH-SPEED RAIL in America" strategic plan, Federal Railroad Administration, 2009


Regional Plan for High-Speed Rail Corridors

Map of North Texas counties with Regional Plan for High-Speed Rail Corridors. At-grade lines going through Denton, Tarrant, Dallas, and Kaufman counties. Grade-separated lines going through Johnson, Tarrant, Dallas, and Ellis counties.
Source: Mobility 2045, NCTCOG, 2018


High-Speed Modes

While the Dallas to Houston High-Speed Rail project has selected high-speed rail as its mode, the Dallas to Fort Worth and Fort Worth to Laredo studies review the following high-speed technologies as part of each study analysis.
Images showing different speed rail lines: conventional, higher-speed , high-speed, maglev, and hyperloop.
Imagery provided by NCTCOG staff, Schon Noris Photography, Texas Central Partners, Ren Long/China Features Photos, AECOM

Chart explaining the differences of top speeds, exclusive guideways, peak headways, operating styles, and cargo between the different types of rail lines. For more information contact Vivian Fung at 682-433-0445.
Infographic indicating all of the speeds and types of rail lines. For more information please contact Vivian Fung at 682-433-0445

General Planning Timelines Related to the Typical Development Process

Graphic of General Planning Timelines Related to the Typical Development Process outlining projects that take 1-5 years time.

image of disclaimer message: timeline shown above is for general reference only.

Contact Us:

Brendon Wheeler | Program Manager