News bits: Officials make the case for Union Station as high-speed rail terminus

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Area residents and officials got a glimpse of the proposed routes for the long-discussed Dallas-to-Houston high speed rail Tuesday night. The project would be the first of its kind in the country and has a lot of Texans interested at the prospect of a 90-minute trip between the two Texas cities.

Where the line should terminate in North Texas created some discussion involving DART.

From The Dallas Morning News:

A public meeting about the project in Dallas also unveiled the potential sites for the line’s end points. Developer Texas Central Railway identified three in Dallas: around the intersection of Interstates 20 and 45, near the intersection of I-45 and Loop 12, and near the southwest corner of downtown Dallas.

That downtown station would make it easier for Texas Central to achieve a chief goal for the project: tying in to existing public transit at both end points. Dallas City Council members Lee Kleinman and Vonciel Jones Hill lobbied for Union Station to serve as the North Texas terminus. Union Station serves two Dallas Area Rapid Transit light-rail lines, an Amtrak line and the TRE passenger train that connects Dallas and Fort Worth.

Hill told the crowd: “We want the train speeding to Union Station,” and others are agreeing with her. DMN architecture critic Mark Lamster tweeted “putting a potential high speed rail station outside of downtown/not connected to transit network is foolish.”

Click below to read the full story from Tuesday night’s public meeting and share your thoughts about where high-speed rail should terminate in the Dallas-area.

Proposed routes for Dallas-Houston high-speed rail revealed [dallasnews.com]

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