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BCS closer to getting high-speed railway

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BRAZOS COUNTY- Bryan-College Station is a step closer to getting it's own high speed railway system.

The Texas Central Railway is working with Capital Japan Railway Company to deploy one from Dallas-Fort Worth area to Houston with a stop in College Station.

Brazos County Commissioner Kenny Mallard has been working with local cities and counties in Texas advocating for a high-speed railway in the area for almost a decade.

"It's very exciting, they are looking closely and beginning to study on viability on whether they can put in a high-speed rail."

The private company, Texas Central Railway, is in Bryan this week talking with officials on the economic growth and why a stop in College Station is fee sable.

"There are a lot of developments in bio corridor, recent grants that are not captured in that data, it's a solid projection of job growth and population the consultants could take into consideration," Director for the High Speed Rail at Texas Central Railway Travis Kelly said.

The recent Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing opening and population growth makes BCS the only stop the high speed railway would initially have.

"Everybody knows there's a lot of things going on with the bio corridor and growth we have with student population." Mallard said, "We're going to be bigger than what we are today every year we're growing."

The private company says after the study is complete they plan to have the railway built and ready for riders within 10 years.

"It may sound like a long way off, but in terms of building a project like this from scratch it really is an aggressive timeline," Kelly said.

"This train goes 205 miles per hour," Mallard said, "They can get from Houston to Dallas in 90 minutes. Think of how many cars we could take off the road."

The first ever high-speed railway in the country that could have a stop in Aggieland.

Right now Japan has the only high-speed railway system in operation.

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