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Environmental impact study in works for Houston to Dallas rail project

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HOUSTON – An environmental impact study will be prepared for the Dallas to Houston high-speed rail project, the U.S. Department of Transportation said on its website

The the high-speed train between the two cities is being proposed by a private company, Texas Central Railway (TCR).

A draft version of the study, to be completed by the Federal Railroad Administration, identified six alignment alternatives for further evaluation, following preliminary review of possible corridors proposed for the project, according to the USDOT website. 

The study is examining a potential terminal station in Dallas and an intermediate station in Grimes County near College Station, the USDOT website read.

The draft also evaluated three Houston terminal station options: the Industrial Site Terminal, the Northwest Mall Terminal and the Northwest Transit Center Terminal, it read. 

The draft will be available for a 60-day public comment period, which will end Feb. 20, 2018, according to the USDOT website. During that time, the Federal Rail Administration will hold 10 public hearings in the affected counties in Texas, the website read.