High-Speed Rail

On March 16, 2016, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) issued a notice of request for proposals for projects for the financing, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of a high-speed passenger rail system operating within a high-speed rail corridor.  Leaders throughout Dallas-Fort Worth have been working for several years to bring high-speed rail to, from, and within the region.  This Federal Register notice presents an opportunity for the private sector to bring innovation and experience from across the globe to advance high-speed rail in this region or others throughout the country.

The North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) hosted an industry forum with firms potentially interested in proposing a high-speed rail project in the Dallas-Fort Worth region to FRA and USDOT through the request for proposals on June 20, 2016.  Information on regional plans and policies, status of environmental documents, and data available were presented at the forum. 


Meeting materials and archived video are linked below.

Texas Central Partners Memorandum of Understanding

General High-Speed Rail Information

The Dallas-Fort Worth region is a critical component of a high-speed rail network across Texas connecting to Houston, Dallas, Arlington, Fort Worth, Austin, San Antonio, and points beyond.  We look forward to meeting with firms interested in advancing this modern mode of transportation within Dallas-Fort Worth.

This picure is of the United States and the high-speed rail corridor designations that are already in place


High-Speed Rail Technology Definitions

High-speed rail is generally defined as passenger rail that operates over 90 miles per hour (MPH) on conventional rail tracks or over 150 MPH on dedicated rail, with no at-grade crossings, with highway or other rail traffic.


FRA Technology Definitions


Shared Track with Freight?

Grade Separation Required?

 Mobility Plan Terminology

Terminology Equivalent

Conventional Passenger Rail
(Local Rail & Amtrak)

<90 MPH



Regional Rail
Intercity Rail


Emerging High-Speed Rail

90–110 MPH

Shared Track)

Protection Required)

Intercity Higher
Speed Rail


High-Speed Rail-Regional

110–150 MPH



Intercity High-Speed Rail


High-Speed Rail-Express

>150 MPH



Intercity High-Speed Rail


Source:  Federal Railroad Administration, 2011   


Environmental Reviews

The Texas Department of Transportation is leading the environmental study for the Fort Worth to Dallas line. An advisory committee has been formed. More information is available at the Dallas-Fort Worth Core Express Service project website.

A private company, Texas Central Partners, is also pursuing a high-speed rail project from Dallas to Houston and is currently conducting an environmental study. More information can be found at texascentral.com.

Resource Links:

Arlington High-Speed Rail Station Area Planning Study
Commission for High-Speed Rail in Dallas-Fort Worth
Dallas Intermodal Transportation Facility Fatal Flaw Analysis - Final Report (October 2019)
Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)
Fort Worth High-Speed Rail Station Area Planning Study 
High-Speed Rail Request for Information Summary
Supplemental Alignment Aternative Analysis for Dallas-Fort Worth High-Speed Rail Core
     Express Service
US High Speed Rail Animated Network Map
US High Speed Rail Association

Kevin Feldt, Program Manager
Cile Grady, Senior Administrative Assistant