Texas Central selects Spanish company to operate its high speed trains

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DALLAS — The company aiming to bring high speed rail to Texas has named a Spanish firm as its operating partner.

Texas Central announced Wednesday that Renfe, which operates 5,000 trains daily on 7,500 miles of track in Spain, will be the operator of the service between the Dallas area and Houston. Renfe will provide technical advice on design and construction in Texas and assist in development of Texas Central’s operation and maintenance plans.

In addition to operating trains, Renfe — in partnership with Adif, which manages Spanish rail infrastructure — will maintain equipment and signals, and oversee ticketing.

Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar said in a press release that Renfe was “a natural fit to join our other partners. Having the operator, the design build and technology teams all on board and able to collaborate will ensure all aspects of the railroad are integrated and efficient.”

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