US, Japanese Governments Express Support for High-Speed Railway in Texas

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( – On Tuesday, April 9, Reuters reported that President Joe Biden was looking to revive the construction process in Texas that would create a high-speed railway from Houston to Dallas using Japanese bullet trains. Efforts have been made to get such a plan off the ground for years.

While citing unnamed administration sources, Reuters initially reported that the White House was planning on making an announcement this week after the talks in Washington, D.C., between Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and President Joe Biden. Kishida and Biden met on Wednesday, and afterward, the outlet revealed that both governments signaled their support for the railway.

The project has received the support of Transportation Secretary Pette Buttigieg, who told KXAS in Fort Worth on Sunday that this was a project they believed in. He continued by saying that the project still has to evolve into a more specific vision and design. However, he added that everything he had seen so far in this project left him excited. 

The rail link is reportedly going to help improve the economy in Texas, while a conceptual rendering of how the proposed terminal could look has already been created. 

Newsweek reported that Biden and Kishida’s support for the move could lead to support and funding from others, including private investors.

Bullet trains are able to reach 200 mph, which could lead to a significant reduction in the travel time between the two cities. Using the train to travel between Dallas and Houston might take around 90 minutes, compared to the three and a half hours it might take by regular vehicle.

The high-speed rail project was mentioned in a fact sheet released on the day of the meeting, with both Japan’s Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport, and Tourism and the US Department of Transportation expressing support for the project. It’s backed by Amtrak and expected to involve the use of Shinkansen technologies.

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