Proposed bullet train between Houston and Dallas delayed

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Monday, February 6, 2017
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This photo released by China's Xinhua news agency is of a bullet train G80 at Guangzhou South Railway Station in Guangzhou, China
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HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A proposed bullet train connecting Houston and Dallas is delayed two more years, according to a report by the Houston Business Journal.

It will be worth the wait, though, said a spokesman for Texas Central, the company behind the project.

The economic impact of the train will equal hosting 180 Super Bowls. If a final route is approved, construction will start next year and the first trains will start running in 2023.

The 240-mile stretch, similar to the high speed rail system in Tokyo, would be privately funded. It would take roughly 77 minutes to get from Houston to Dallas, or 90 minutes with a stop near Bryan-College Station. The train would run every 30 minutes-- morning to night, at speeds of 205 miles per hour. The Texas Central High Speed Railway says it won't go through neighborhoods that fast, but can't cite exactly how fast the train would go through residential areas.

The plan hasn't come without controversy. Homeowners that live near the plan expressed concern last year.

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