The video at top put out by Texas Central pans around the what’s now the Northwest Mall and its parking lot to show a new double-arched bullet train station and parking garage replacing them in the crotch where W. 18th St. and Hempstead Rd. meet the West Loop. Texas Central chose the 45-acre site over 2 others it was considering just south of the mall for the Houston terminus of the planned Houston—Dallas rail line. The terminal building — coded orange in the site plan above — sits between Hempstead and a new road that’s proposed just north of it. The parking garage would be located inside the gray zone indicated between W. 18th and the new street.
Elevated train tracks enter the station after crossing over a new extended segment of Post Oak Rd. Looking southeast from W. 18th St., one of Texas Central’s conceptual renderings of the site shows the tracks tracks heading into the terminal, next to the parking garage:
The traffic light those cars are gunning for on the far left marks a new intersection where Post Oak would end at W. 18th after cutting through what’s now the mall. Here’s the view looking south down Post Oak from that spot:
Just north of where the road runs underneath the tracks on its way to Hempstead, another imagined street branches off it and travels east toward the West Loop, between the station (off camera on the right) and the garage:
Amenities planned for the terminal — viewed below from its backside along the West Loop’s southbound feeder — include restaurants, bars, fast food, concessions stands, newsstands, and seating areas:
A closer view shows what appears to be an outdoor park behind the structure:
Here’s the southern boundary of the new rail complex at Hempstead where the train tracks cross over the street on their way into the station building:
A representative who handles land acquisition for Texas Central tells the Chronicle’s Dug Begley the company is thinking about buying the parcel where the mall sits now. Public hearings have been ongoing in regions along train’s planned 240-mile route, and the Federal Railroad Administration is accepting comments through March 9 on the report it released last last December detailing where the tracks would run.
- Texas Central Announces Its Houston Bullet Train Station Preferred Location [Texas Central]
- Northwest Mall tapped as site of southern terminal for Houston-Dallas bullet train [Houston Chronicle]
- Previously on Swamplot: The 3 Finalists for Houston’s High-Speed Rail Station: Northwest Mall, Northwest Transit Center, Hempstead Rd. Industrial; 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?
Video and Renderings: Texas Central