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SWG-2014-00412 - Texas Central Railroad, LLC - various wetlands and waterbodies - Waller and Harris Counties, Texas

Published March 31, 2020
Expiration date: 5/18/2020

Full Public Notice           Project Plans

PROJECT DESCRIPTION:  The applicant’s stated purpose for the proposed project is to construct and operate an efficient, reliable and safe alternative mode of transportation between the cities of Dallas and Houston, Texas, that would add transportation capacity in the corridor to meet increasing travel demands and provide an additional travel mode.

Overall Project Description:  The proposed project involves construction of approximately 240 miles of rail line from Dallas County to Harris County, in Texas.  An intermediate station, the Brazos Valley Station, is proposed near Roans Prairie, in Grimes County.  The proposed dedicated rail corridor would include two parallel rail lines, maintenance and utility facilities, and temporary staging areas.  Travel times of approximately 90 minutes are proposed between Dallas and Houston, using trains capable of traveling in excess of 205 miles per hour. 

Proposed Project Refinements:  Changes to the proposed project, within the USACE Galveston District, include:

                1.            Elevating approximately 8 miles of rail segment, to address concerns related to flooding, drainage pattern alterations, and impacts to WOTUS.

                2.            Relocating the Houston Transit Maintenance Facility northward, away from the Katy Prairie historic range, due to changed land conditions, new development, and needed grade separation to account for the City of Houston Major Thoroughfare and Freeway Plan.

                3.            Horizontal realignment, near Castle Road, to avoid a potential historic resource. 

                4.            Elimination of road-over-rail crossings, where practicable, to reduce the project construction footprint, and to reduce road closures and realignments.

The project plan sheet overview is attached in 4 sheets.  Detailed project plans are available upon request, by contacting the Corps.  Contact information is listed at the end of this notice.