One of these 3 spots revealed in a report from the Federal Railroad Administration will be the planned site for the Houston-Dallas high-speed rail line’s Houston terminal. All 3 are near the intersection of the 610 Loop and the BNSF rail tracks that run parallel to Hempstead Rd. just south of 290.
In the map at top, the station takes the land directly north of the Northwest Transit Center, where an industrial complex home to Icon Electric, Engineering Consulting Services, and others exists now. Hempstead Rd. is shown fronting Northwest Mall at the top of the plan.
Another proposal puts the station in the spot where the mall is now:
A final map indicates the station across from the mall, on the southwest side of Hempstead:
Steel tube maker Tex-Tube occupies a spot within this proposed site right now. The plan shows the terminal extending across N. Post Oak Rd. and ending on the street’s east side.
The FRA’s report, which also lays out an entire proposed route between Houston and Dallas, took the agency 4 years to finish.
- Draft Environmental Impact Statement [Federal Railroad Administration via Christof Spieler]
- Houston-Dallas bullet train clears hurdle with environmental impact statement [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: The Ride to the Bullet Train at Northwest Mall; Houston-to-Dallas Bullet Train Putting the Brakes on All Those Lawsuits; Houston-Dallas Bullet Train Shows Up on Trump Infrastructure Project List; Possible Station Locations for Houston-to-Dallas High-Speed Rail: Jersey Village, Mangum Manor, Downtown?
Images: Federal Railroad Administration