The U.S. Department of Transportation recently announced federal funding of nearly $50 million for train projects in the state of Texas, specifically in the Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston areas.
Roughly $34 million will be spent to improve and expand passenger rail in Fort Worth under a program called the Tower 55 project, which is being backed by BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad with $65 million in additional funding.
The Tower 55 project upgrades are expected to create 900 jobs in the region, and bring in a projected $1 billion in economic growth. Construction on the project is planned to begin early next year.
According to the Transportation Department, $15 million will be allocated for a high-speed rail program that will eventually connect a 240-mile track from Houston to Dallas. News of the projects in Texas came soon after similar investments were announced for California and the Northeast Corridor.
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