Renfe and Adif, public companies dependent on the Ministry of Development, will develop a high-speed project to unite the cities of Houston and Dallas/ Fort Worth, in the State of Texas (USA) for an amount that has not been disclosed.
After the first phase as technical advisers in the development, design and construction, the announcement made by the project promoter -Texas Central- foresees that Renfe and Adif assist in the subsequent operation and maintenance plans for the commissioning of the service, including the operation of the trains, the maintenance of the equipment and other services related to the commercialization of tickets.
The announcement of the agreement, says the Spanish operator, is a "boost" to the international expansion of the Spanish public railway sector at a key time for Renfe before the next liberalization of passenger rail service in 2020.
Renfe has already bid for the open competition in California to award comprehensive advice for the future high-speed line between Los Angeles and San Francisco – valued at 30 million dollars – and in which a German consortium led by Deutsche Bahn won.
The AVE that will connect Houston-Dallas / Fort Worth will connect the cities in less than 90 minutes in a corridor that has two of the first five economic regions of the United States.
It is the first project in the world 100% private, owned by the American company Central Texas, which highlights the viability of the high-speed business and that has a total budget of over 10 billion dollars.
According to Central Texas, the high-speed line will generate economic benefits in the state of Texas that could reach 36,000 million dollars during the next 25 years, including the creation of 10,000 jobs per year in the construction phase and about 1,500 permanent jobs once the line is in service. Part this employment, still to be specified, will correspond to Spanish professionals.
Public companies have described the process as "competitive and demanding", in which other global reference operators have participated.
During the last months, both companies have prepared and defended their proposal in the international selection process, which has been led by a team of professionals from the areas of Strategy and International.
It is expected that the so-called Texas Bullet Train promoted by Central Texas, a private company supported by investors, will be developed without public (state or federal) funds. The company has worked since 2014 with the federal and state authorities to develop a project that foresees connect the fourth and fifth largest economic region in the United States.
The high-speed rail line of approximately 240 miles will offer a total travel time of less than 90 minutes, with convenient departures every 30 minutes during the peak hours of each day and each hour during periods of low activity, as the promoting company advances. .
In addition to the Dallas / Fort Worth and Houston stations, it will have an intermediate station in Brazos Valley and all of them will be connected to the motorway network and public transport systems, and will have parking areas.
According to the promoter, nearly 50,000 Texans make round trips between Houston and Dallas / Fort Worth more than once a week and many others more frequently.