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Texas High-Speed Railway Nears Start of Construction

Infra News - Published on Thu, 24 Sep 2020

Image Source: Webuild Texas High Speed Railway
The Webuild Group and its US subsidiary and joint-venture partner Lane Construction are a step closer to starting work on a high-speed railway between Dallas and Houston after the publication of two federal decisions on the historic project that will bring a major boost to the economy and create thousands of jobs. Texas Central LLC, which awarded the design-build contract for the early works to Webuild and Lane in September 2019, received from the US Department of Transportation's Federal Railroad Administration the Rule of Particular Applicability that sets the safety requirements for the railway's signal and trainset control, track rolling stock, operating rules and practices, system qualifications, and maintenance. It also received the Record of Decision, completing the environmental review process and confirming the alignment that the railway will follow between Dallas and Houston.

The two decisions are a crucial milestone for the start of work on the project, whose total investment is about 20 billion, an estimated 14 billion of which for the civil works, will prove to be very important for Texas, especially in job creation. It is forecast to bring an estimated 36 billion in economic benefits during the next 25 years. The immediate impact is estimated to be more than 10 billion in the United States. Construction, which Texas Central aims to start as soon as possible to help with the economic recovery following the COVID-19 crisis, will lead to the creation of 17,000 direct jobs during the first six years of construction and more than 20,000 indirect jobs.

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Posted By : Yogender Pancholi on Thu, 24 Sep 2020
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