The federal government is giving the Texas Department of Transportation $5.6 million to study high-speed rail between Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City.
The grant was announced on Thursday by the U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood as part of 54 rail projects in 23 states getting $2.4 billion in funding.
U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett said the DFW-to-Oklahoma segment is part of a larger 850-mile corridor planned to parallel Interstate 35 from South Texas through Oklahoma City.
“This federal investment is an important step toward building the Texas-Oklahoma high speed rail that will mean fewer headaches and more efficient trips – which will be a boost for the San Marcos economy and for our families,” Doggett said.
TxDOT will use the money to conduct a feasibility study, a service development plan and environmental permitting on the rail project.