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Fort Worth-Dallas high-speed rail gets a boost

Posted May 16, 2017

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The DFW Core Express is a three-station concept that would rush passengers between Fort Worth and Dallas.

A Fort Worth-Dallas high-speed rail line took a step forward when the Fort Worth City Council agreed to create a local government corporation with Dallas to govern intercity passenger rail service.

The earliest a train could travel between the two cities is likely 2023, but Fort Worth Assistant City Manager Jay Chapa said setting up the multi-jurisdiction agency is the first in a long series of steps that would have to occur for evaluating, developing, constructing, operating and governing the line. It also sends a message to the Texas Department of Transportation that both cities are invested in the project.

The line, called the DFW Core Express, would stretch 30-40 miles, likely either down Interstate 30 or along the Trinity Railway Express corridor, at speeds of between 70 and 125 mph. A $15 million environmental impact study of the possible route is underway and should be completed in 2018. Funding details for the project haven’t been released.

The Dallas City Council is expected to approve the local government corporation by the end of May. Both cities are also considering adding a stop in Arlington and bringing that city into the corporation.

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price has advocated strongly for the rail line and said it’s a major piece of the city’s transit future.

The hope is to also include Houston, Austin and San Antonio in new high-speed routes. The 240-mile Houston-Dallas line would cost $12 billion and would travel at speeds of more than 200 mph. The DFW Core Express would potentially share a downtown Dallas station with the Houston-Dallas line.

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