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Fast Train To Big D

Many citizens in independent-minded Texas may not like the idea of spending $10 billion on high speed rail. Backers in Dallas, though, have begun to dream up big plans for a station area to serve Texas Central Railway.
February 13, 2015, 8am PST | Josh Stephens | @jrstephens310
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The $10 billion planned Texas Central Railway promises to take passengers from *Houston to Dallas in about 90 minutes, making the nation's second-largest state a little smaller. Railway officials recently announced potential locations for the Dallas terminus, which has civic leaders in the city excited about development in the area. 

The city is considering a partnership that would develop an extensive mixed-use community around the station. This approach would contrast dramatically with the spread-out development that characterizes much of the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. The location takes advantage of vacant land south of downtown Dallas. Dallas has grown mostly northward from downtown, so the station is seen as a catalyst for revitalizing a neglected part of the city. It will be linked to Dallas' growing light rail network.

"Texas Central also announced that it was creating a development company that would partner with the existing development firm Matthews Southwest to turn the station into a mixed-use development that could encourage more retail, residences and businesses in the gateway to the city’s southern half. The parcels identified are owned by Matthews entities or the city."

*The article was corrected to reflect the correct extent of the route.

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Published on Thursday, February 12, 2015 in Dallas Morning News
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