Webuild: green light for high-speed rail in Texas

MILAN, June 27, 2022 – An American high-speed train is about to become a reality. The Texas Supreme Court ruled in favor of Texas Central LCC and affirmed its right under Texas law to acquire through the established eminent domain process land needed to build a railroad for high-speed travel between Dallas and Houston. Texas Central is the company in charge of developing the project. Webuild and its subsidiary Lane will construct all the civil works, valued at $16 billion.

The contract, signed last year, will design and build 379 kilometers of high-speed rail that will allow trains to travel between Dallas and Greater Houston in about 90 minutes. It would be the first true high-speed rail service in the United States and would guarantee passengers a way to travel safely and sustainably at speeds of up to 300 kilometers per hour. The contract includes the construction of the track system, sections of viaduct and embankment, buildings for maintenance services, as well as marshalling yards and warehouses. Half of the line will be along a viaduct, benefiting from Webuild in the construction of bridges.

The project will give a huge boost to sustainable mobility in the United States, which will join other countries that today offer high-speed public transport, such as Japan, China, France and Italy. The train will be based on Central Japan Railway’s Tokaido Shinkansen, the safest mass transit system in the world.

Construction of the line will create 37,000 direct and indirect jobs, and once the trains are in service, more than 1,500 direct jobs.
The line, which would be one of the largest infrastructure projects under development in the United States, would benefit at least 100,000 commuters who travel by plane or car between Houston and Dallas each week. This means 101,000 tonnes less CO2 emissions.

Webuild and Lane bring to the project expertise from the construction of more than 13,600 kilometers of rail and metro lines. Webuild is currently working on some of the most important high-speed rail projects in Italy, such as the lines that will connect Naples and Bari, and the Terzo Valico dei Giovi-Genova junction, a high-speed/high-capacity line between the port of Genoa and Milan and other industrial centers elsewhere in Europe.

Jose P. Rogers