Final agreement announced for construction of Texas Central high-speed passenger train between Houston and Dallas – WTAW

Photo taken from the Texas Central billboard along Highway 30 in Grimes County, December 21, 2018.

Companies contracted to build a high-speed passenger train between Dallas and Houston announce the signing of a $16 billion deal with developer Texas Central.

The press release from Lane Construction and its parent company, Webuild Partners, does not specify when construction will begin.

The reaction from the president of Texans Against High Speed ​​Rail indicates that Texas Central doesn’t have the money and hasn’t filed the required full construction application with federal regulators.

Texas Central on Tuesday afternoon did not release any statement on its website or Facebook page.

Lane Construction and Webuild Partners press release:

Lane Construction Corporation and its parent company and joint venture partner Webuild Group have signed a final agreement worth $16 billion with Texas Central that marks the final milestone before construction of a high-speed railroad begins between Dallas and Houston. This ambitious project promises fast, safe and environmentally friendly travel as well as thousands of jobs and a major boost to the economy. It is one of the largest infrastructure investments of its kind in the United States by value and will be the country’s first true high-speed rail service, joining the ranks of countries that have rail service at high speed, including Japan. , China, France and Italy.

This agreement consolidates the results of the planning and advanced design stages of the project, as well as the actualization of its value.

“We are thrilled to be a part of this historic project that will bring high-speed rail to the United States,” said Mark Schiller, President and CEO of The Lane Construction Corporation. “This is a real milestone for our country’s sustainable transportation infrastructure, and we’re excited to bring 130 years of experience and expertise to the table as the contractor of choice for the to construct.

“We are truly honored to have been chosen by Texas Central, which is leveraging our global expertise to bring sustainable mobility to the country with the first true ‘end-to-end’ high-speed railroad,” said Pietro. Salini, CEO of Webuild Group. “Being part of such an ambitious project as a leader in the design and construction of the railway is a unique experience of which we are extremely proud. It’s a wonderful opportunity to further focus our presence in the United States, our largest single market, with Lane, the company that has been building first-class transportation infrastructure for the country for 130 years.”

Under the final contract, Lane and Webuild will execute all heavy construction for the project, designing and constructing the 236 miles of alignment, the entire track system, nearly half of which is on viaduct, and buildings and services maintenance and others. equipment, including industrial buildings, railway depots and facilities. Much of the alignment is elevated and will benefit from Lane’s expertise in building bridges and overpasses to minimize impacts on landowners and residents of the counties the project will cross.

The Dallas-Houston high-speed railroad will transform mobility between the two cities. Based on Central Japan Railway’s Tokaido Shinkansen system, it will carry travelers at speeds of up to 200 miles per hour, getting them to either destination in less than 90 minutes, with just one stop in Brazos. Valley near Texas A&M University. Departures will be every 30 minutes during peak hours and every hour during off-peak hours. This technology will reliably transport more than 400,000 passengers each day and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by around 101,000 tonnes per year – emissions that would otherwise be produced by car and air travel between two cities. By 2050, around 13 million people are expected to use the train.

The train offers a safer alternative to today’s commuter options. Millions of passengers ride high-speed trains safely and securely across Europe and Asia every day. They have proven to be the safest and most reliable public transportation option in the world today. Japan’s Shinkansen bullet train system has a history of over 50 years in Japan with no accidents, fatalities or injuries from train accidents. In 2016 alone, there were 3,773 fatalities on Texas roads, many of which occurred on the stretch of I-45 between North Texas and Houston, which consistently ranks among the most dangerous in the states. -United.

The project is expected to provide the economic impact of 84 Super Bowls totaling approximately $36 billion over the next 25 years and create 17,000 direct jobs over the six years of construction and more than 1,500 permanent jobs when rail service is fully operational. operational. An estimated $7.3 billion worth of materials from US suppliers in 37 states are expected to be used.

Lane and Webuild bring to the project over a century of experience building large, complex civil engineering projects around the world. His track record spans more than 8,500 miles of rail and subway lines, including the Central Subway Tunnel in San Francisco, California, and the LYNX Blue Line Extension in Charlotte, Carolina in the United States. North.

Webuild is also working on projects to improve the connection of rail networks across Europe, such as the Brenner Base Tunnel under the Alps, which will be the longest rail tunnel in the world at 41 miles; the Terzo Valico dei Giovi high-speed/high-capacity railway between Genoa and Milan, which will have the longest railway tunnel in Italy.

Statement from Texans Against High Speed ​​Rail President and Waller County Judge Trey Duhon:

“Texas Central is taking every opportunity to generate what looks like progress to keep interest and investment alive. But Webuild is just a new name for Salini Impregilo, who has worked with Texas Central for quite some time. Also, Texas Central doesn’t have $16 billion or the necessary permits to build Nearly a year after being denied an expedited permit, Texas Central hasn’t even filed the full building application yet. required with the Surface Transportation Board of DC Texas Central has reported that construction will begin “within the next six months”, “later this year” or “soon” within the past five years Without money or permits, we don’t see no progress here, just something to get their name out in the news in an effort to stay relevant.

Jose P. Rogers