March 8, 2019
Houston’s Bechtel is among those on board for the proposed high-speed train between Houston and North Texas, which is listed among the top global infrastructure projects in the nation by a Washington DC firm that studies leading-edge transportation and investment projects.
Called Texas Central, the proposed line is backed by private money to provide “seamless, safe and convenient travel between the fourth and fifth largest economies in the United States,” as its investors put it.
On Thursday, the Texas Central group noted the participation of Bechtel as a project management services team member, along with other partners, including Spanish railway company Renfe Operadora (the train’s operating partner) and Italian civil engineering and construction firm Salini Impregilo, partnering with US firm The Lane Construction Corporation for the train project’s buildout.
Also Thursday, Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar praised the new 2019 Stretegic 100 Global Infrastructure Report from the infrastructure project group CG/LA, which listed the Texas Central as one of America’s most important projects.
Aguilar called the train “a transformational project that is generating attention and excitement among infrastructure experts who recognize it as a catalyst for creating jobs, boosting the economy and providing a much-needed transportation choice.”
CG/LA has in the past called the train a crucial option “in advancing public and business interests.”
Other American projects cited in the company’s 2019 report include the Detroit Capital Improvement Plan, the Purple Line Extension in Los Angeles and the New England Clean Energy Connect.
Texas Central said the 200 mph Texas train will “link the nation’s 4th and 5th largest economies in 90 minutes, with a midway stop in the Brazos Valley, with its 80,000 college students.
“As Texas adds 1,200 people a day, the train will help relieve congestion and serve the demand already there and growing, including 50,000 supercommuters now making the Houston-North Texas trip regularly.”