Texas Central Railway is making tracks, ready to start (upon Federal approval) environmental impact studies of its long-planned bullet train from Houston to Dallas.

Those studies will take between two and three years, but the company has already done extensive research, looking at 97 possible routes nationwide before deciding Texas and this Houston-Dallas route in particular are uniquely qualified for success.

The rail line is backed by and modeled on Japan’s highly-successful Shinkansen, which now carries 400,000 people a day.

I first rode that Japanese bullet train in 1970 and more recently in 2010.  It’s still a marvel to me.   Why this country has been unable to rival it, until now, something I’ve always questioned.

I’ll be one of the first to buy a ticket for that high speed trip to Dallas when it’s finally possible…maybe in 2021.