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The federal government is partnering with the Texas Department of Transportation and a private rail company to assess the impact of a long-discussed high-speed train lines between the Dallas area and Houston.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx confirmed for the Texas Tribune that two environment studies will move full steam ahead in 2014. One analysis sponsored by TxDOT examines a traditional rail line between Dallas and Fort Worth, while the other privately-funded analysis looks to a potential bullet train route between Dallas and Houston.

I can t speak to whether there will be roadblocks or anything down the road, Foxx said on Tuesday. But what I can tell you is I m delighted to be part of helping get this first step underway. It s a big deal for Texas

One proposed rail project that would reduce Dallas-Houston travel times to a mere 90 minutes.

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