Unless FRA standards change radically between now and 2024 (or whatever year they open), they will definitely not be FRA compliant. Not even by the alternate crash standards.electricron wrote: Texas Central HSR will most likely not be FRA complaint, and will not be able to share tracks with other FRA compliant trains, both freight and passenger. If an expansion to Fort Worth follows the TRE corridor, not the other possible I-30 corridor, it'll have to be elevated almost the entire way just to avoid at grade crossings. Major squeezing in problems will be reached in Irving where the TRE is already elevated. I guess they could go twice as high, deep, or wide - whatever the solution it isn't going to be cheap.
Texas Central has petitioned the FRA for a Rule of Particular Applicability (RPA), which is basically a fancy way of saying they've asked the FRA to exempt their system from the normal standards. According to TCR, the FRA either can't or won't issue an RPA until the EIS is completed.
Texas Central has been very careful to keep their system separate from other railroads due to this, as receiving a RPA is the only way they can run Shinkansen stock on their line. They seem pretty bullish that the FRA will grant them an RPA, but I supppose it'd be hard to argue against doing so comparing the Shinkansen's safety record to ours.
As a fun little aside, if Texas Central is successful, we might see a similar situation to CAHSR: the exceptions become the rules. Perhaps a decade or two down the line the FRA's HSR standards will be equivalent to those of Japan or Europe. A man can dream, right?