Instead of the four hours it normally takes to make the Houston-Dallas journey by car (or three hours by plane), the model N700 bullet trains TCR plans to use will take just 90 minutes, traveling at a blazing top speed of 205mph.
A 30-month environmental impact study of the route was initiated in June and, assuming everything checks out, construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in 2017. Trains would get rolling in 2021. So, no need to uninstall your Southwest app just yet.
That said, the entire $10 billion enterprise would be funded privately, so conservative lawmakers and pundits needn't worry about wasted taxpayer dollars.
If the project proves successful, it could lead to a boom in high-speed rail lines throughout Texas, making the second-biggest state in the union a wee bit smaller.