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U.S. Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson, Representing the 30th District of Texas

Representatives Allred and Johnson Lead Bipartisan Letter Supporting Dallas to Houston High Speed Rail Project

Apr 4, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Congressman Colin Allred (TX-32) and Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30) led a bipartisan letter with Texas members of the U.S. House to the U.S. Surface Transportation Board urging support for Texas Central’s Dallas to Houston high-speed rail project.  

“Our region is rapidly growing, and this is a once in a generation opportunity to lead the nation with a high-speed rail project that will connect the economies of North Texas and Houston,” said Congressman Allred. “I am proud our delegation is working together in a bipartisan way to support this effort and I am dedicated to doing whatever I can as a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to help this project succeed.

“In Texas, the need for new investments for transportation is clear and the benefit these would bring is profound. A high-speed rail system between our state’s two-largest metropolitan areas would greatly improve travel between two engines of economic opportunity and growth,” said Congresswoman Johnson. “In addition to offering a new option to the currently worn travel methods between Dallas and Houston, this high-speed rail project would benefit the environment in addition to the economy. I am delighted to lead this bipartisan letter alongside my colleague, Congressman Allred, in promoting this promising proposal.”

The letter was also signed by Reps. John Carter (TX-31), Kay Granger (TX-12), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07), Sylvia Garcia (TX-29), Van Taylor (TX-03), Lance Gooden (TX-05) and Roger Williams (TX-25).  

Download the letter here and read the full text of the letter below:

Dear Chairman Begeman, Vice Chairman Fuchs, and Member Oberman:

We write to express our strong support for the Texas Central proposal to deploy a state-of-the-art high-speed rail system to connect Houston and Dallas.  In the 115th Congress, Members indicated their support for this investor-led project through letters sent to the Surface Transportation Board (STB), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and to U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) Secretary Chao. In the 116th Congress, we will continue to encourage each to move expeditiously to process the regulations needed for the Project to move forward.

We understand that Texas Central has petitioned the STB to assert its jurisdiction and reopen proceedings regarding authority over that project.  Texas Central and Amtrak have announced that they have agreed to terms on a joint ticketing agreement, which establishes the requisite interstate network connections to bring the proposed high-speed rail system under the Board’s jurisdiction.

Please do not hesitate to reach out if we can answer any questions related to our support for this important infrastructure project to the State of Texas.