Last week the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) released it’s Corridor Alternatives Analysis Technical Report. Although the FRA expressed it’s further investigation efforts will be directed at the Utility Corridor, the FRA will retain the other proposed routes (BNSF, UPRR and I-45) for further review should something arise along the Utility Corridor and portions of those other corridors are needed.
On page 15 of the report, the FRA states,
FRA determined that the Utility Corridor should be retained for further investigation. It has the potential to meet TCR’s purpose and technical requirements for high‐speed passenger rail service between the Dallas and Houston metropolitan regions. There are no physical characteristics, operational feasibility, or environmental constraints at this first planning stage that would result in FRA eliminating the Utility Corridor from further consideration. Therefore, FRA carries the Utility Corridor forward into the alignments screening analysis. FRA’s next step will be to identify and screen potential location alternatives within corridors and potential station area alternatives. FRA also determined that the BNSF, UPRR, and I‐45 Greenfield Corridors should be retained for further investigation for portions of these corridors in the event that constraints arise along the Utility Corridor that warrant potential location alternatives within portions of these eliminated corridors that avoid the constraints.
Based on the evaluation documented in this report, a second screening analysis will be conducted. The second screening analysis will provide a more detailed evaluation of the range of potential location alignments near and within the Utility Corridor recommended in this Corridor Alternatives Analysis. Combined with station area locations, the alignments screening analysis will evaluate the location alignments within this corridor to identify the Build Alternatives that will be the subject of the evaluation in the EIS.
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