High Speed Rail

Dallas - Brazos Valley - Houston, Texas
Making Texas a Little Smaller

Texas Central was established to undertake a new initiative for the state of Texas. Taking a giant leap towards innovation, they have been tasked with the development of a high-speed passenger rail line, connecting Dallas and Houston with an intermediate stop in Brazos Valley.

Our team is partnering with Texas Central to create a vision for this new model. We began the preliminary station programs and test fits in 2017, creatively positioning our clients for stakeholder buy-in. From there, our team will be developing the conceptual design for the Dallas, Brazos Valley, and Houston station locations. Together, we are pushing the boundaries of design with aggressive goals and transcendent thinking.

What does this project mean? The beginning of a new era for transportation across North America.

Brazos Valley Station
What It Is
A high-speed rail train traveling at a speed of up to 205 mph, saving 60 to 90 minutes per trip between Houston and North Texas
This exterior elevation sketch helped demonstrate pedestrian site lines in and around the station
A Pioneer in Transportation Architecture

Perkins&Will has been a leader in transportation architecture for over 20 years, having designed over 120 stations on 15 transit lines around the world. Our work includes high speed rail, commuter, metro, light rail, and bus rapid transit facilities.

Our commitment goes beyond transportation design—we research, educate, and are heavily involved in the development of sustainable public mobility solutions via our Mobility Lab where we collaborate with affiliate firm Nelson\Nygaard.

Dallas Station Concourse
This masterplan is presenting a framework for future infrastructure projects of its kind—providing a route to advance the economy and prepare for future growth.
Fun Fact
Our firm is currently ranked number one by Building Design + Construction in transportation and TOD architecture, and has been ranked in the top three of the Giants of Transit list for four consecutive years.
Dallas Station Waiting Lounge
Each high-speed rail station will have a distinct Texas style and include a variety of restaurants and retail store for commuters and travelers.
Houston Station Concourse
The Dallas Station will be the first of the three stations to begin construction.

Project Team

Ron Stelmarski
John Strasius
Tom Reisenbichler
Peter Busby
Geeti Silwal