Jadebenn wrote:It's clear they have an eye on the DAL-HOU corridor. Not surprising, considering that it's probably the biggest untapped market for intercity rail in the US. What I'm curious about is how Virgin Trains USA plans to deal with Texas Central Railway, who's already got their eyes on that corridor, some financial backing (the Japanese government has bankrolled the majority of the groundwork so far), and one heck of a head-start in planning and permitting.Competition is good! This will drive both companies to provide better services than the other company. In the end, I think that this will make it so that this is a corridor that most travel occurs by way of rail.
Sure, the service TCR wants to run is going to require a lot more capital investment and environment review than what I imagine Virgin Trains USA is looking into, but TCR is reaching the end of the EIS process. They had their DEIS published in December 2017, and they expect the final EIS and decision to arrive later this year. I don't really see an opening for Virgin unless something goes catastrophically wrong.