Does Donald Trump want to support Texas Central’s high-speed rail project?

The high-speed rail project is expected to start construction in 2018, company representatives previously said.

The high-speed rail project is expected to start construction in 2018, company representatives previously said.

President Donald Trump's team is looking at airports, highways and other infrastructure projects that could receive support during his term. Texas Central, the $12 billion high-speed rail train from Houston to Dallas, is on that list of projects, according to the McClatchy Washington Bureau.

The proposed project, which has received some opposition, would reportedly create 40,000 jobs over its four-year construction timeline.

“President Trump’s increased attention on the nation’s infrastructure rightly signals that more can be done, in both the public and private investment sectors," Texas Central officials said in a statement. "The Texas project is pleased to be considered among the nation’s infrastructure priorities. Texas’ high-speed train is a project being led by free-market principles that will create jobs and economic opportunities. It is a unique business model that will not take federal or state grants to build or operate the North Texas-to-Houston passenger line."

Texas Central claims the high-speed rail could safely deliver passengers 50 minutes faster than an airplane and 70 minutes faster than a car.

"Texans are looking for safe, reliable and productive transportation options," the statement read. "The high-speed train answers that call for the region, state and country. We look forward to working with the new administration, moving ahead with the project’s free-market approach.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that Texas Central Partners had been in communication with the new White House administration. 
By Danica Lloyd

Editor, Cy-Fair

Danica joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in 2016. As editor, she continues to cover local government, education, health care, real estate, development, business and transportation in Cy-Fair. Her experience prior to CI includes studying at the Washington Journalism Center and interning at a startup incubator in D.C., serving as editor-in-chief of Union University's student magazine and online newspaper, reporting for The Jackson Sun and freelancing for other publications in Arkansas and Tennessee.