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Dallas-Fort Worth High-Speed Rail Enters Federal Environmental Analysis Phase

The high-speed rail project linking Fort Worth and Dallas has progressed into the federal environmental analysis phase, with expectations for environmental clearance within a year. The Federal Transit Administration granted a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Class of Action Determination to the project on March 4, allowing the environmental assessment to commence.

The Dallas-Fort Worth High-Speed Transportation Connections Study identified high-speed rail along IH 30 as the preferred method to seamlessly connect people from the region to the planned Dallas-to-Houston route, enabling passengers between Fort Worth and Houston to board a single train for their journey.

Over 200 meetings have been conducted by NCTCOG to engage the public, local governments, and stakeholders in the process. Input from these groups will continue to be valued throughout the NEPA analysis phase and beyond to ensure the implementation of the most suitable project for North Texas.

Once the corridor receives environmental clearance, it could attract future private investment. Coupled with the planned high-speed rail line from Dallas to Houston, the North Texas project would establish a foundation for a high-speed train system connecting passengers to other metropolitan areas across the state and nation.

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