The public companies Renfe and Adif will be part of the high-speed train project to unite the cities of Houston and Dallas / Fort Worth, in the State of Texas (USA). "After a very competitive and demanding process among other global operators of reference, Central Texas, private developer of the project, has chosen Renfe and Adif as strategic partners," the companies said in a statement. They have not revealed the money that the project supposes for them, and they remember that it is the first project of high speed railway of the world 100% private.
What will be the role of Spanish companies? As they explain, after the first phase as technical advisors in development, design and construction, "the announcement made today by Central Texas anticipates that Renfe and Adif will assist in the subsequent operation and maintenance plans for the service set-up, including the operation of trains, maintenance of equipment and other services related to the marketing of tickets ".
The so-called Texas Bullet Train is promoted by Texas Central Partners, LLC (Central Texas), a private company that plans to develop the project without public (state or federal) funds. According to Central Texas, the high-speed line they will build "will generate economic benefits in the state of Texas that could reach $ 36,000 million over the next 25 years, including the creation of 10,000 jobs a year in the construction phase and some 1,500 permanent jobs "once the line enters service. Part of this employment, still to be specified, will correspond to Spanish professionals, according to Renfe and Adif.
A private line of 386 kilometers
The Central Texas high-speed train plans to connect Dallas / Fort Worth with Houston in a travel time of less than 90 minutes. The route has a length of 240 miles (386 kilometers). In addition to the Dallas / Fort Worth and Houston stations, it will have an intermediate station in Brazos Valley. All stations will be connected to the motorway network and public transport systems, and will have large parking areas.
"The announcement of the agreement is a boost to the international expansion of the Spanish public railway sector, key in the case of Renfe as operator before the next liberalization of services and in the case of Adif as a manager and consultant of high-speed infrastructures", say the companies.