HOUSTON MAYOR SIGNS BULLET TRAIN AGREEMENT

  

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Texas Central signed an agreement Thursday regarding development of a high speed train that would connect Houston and Dallas with a stop in the Brazos Valley.

Mayor Sylvester Turner

Turner called it, "a great day for the state of Texas."

This comes just days after Texas Central announced they would be working with two large construction firms on the project.

The mayor says a bullet train would be an economic boon and a win for taxpayers.

Texas Central is finalizing a station site in southwest Houston, south of 290 and west of the 610 loop.

Houston officials say the train is greatly needed as the population size continues to grow, especially for commuters.

Grimes County Judge Ben Leman says the announcement of an agreement between the two parties was nothing new to him.

Leman is an ardent opponent of the bullet train as early projections show the train's path cutting directly through Grimes  County.

Many don't want to give up their private land for the project.