TX-LA Rail Coalition

The Texas-Louisiana Rail (T-L Rail) Coalition (TLRC) was formed in early 2011 in an effort to coordinate and cooperate on potential passenger rail linking East Texas and Louisiana with the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area. The TLRC is made up of policy leaders and technical staff from agencies and municipalities along the corridor and is focused on implementation and development of a funding strategy for a future passenger rail investment in East Texas.

 

TX-LA Rail Coalition

 

Existing Rail Service

The Amtrak Texas Eagle currently provides two daily trips linking Dallas and east Texas on the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR).

Amtrak service turns north at Marshall, with a shuttle bus linking passengers with the Shreveport-Bossier City area.

Current Efforts

Two efforts are being monitored by the TLRC:

  • Amtrak Corridor Study – Using a grant obtained by the East Texas Corridor Council (ETCC), this study is being led by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Amtrak in coordination with the ETCC and the East Texas Council of Governments. The study will outline capital and operating requirements necessary to add two round-trips within the UPRR corridor between Dallas and Shreveport, including a direct rail connection between Marshall and Shreveport and possible use of the Trinity Railway Express (TRE) corridor between Dallas and Fort Worth, providing a potential link to DFW International Airport.
  • TxDOT Statewide Ridership Analysis – This study will examine city pairs and analyze transit connectivity and appropriate levels of service. The study will include a line from the Dallas area to Shreveport-Bossier City on the east end.

These two efforts will provide insight as to the funding requirements to enhance rail service in the existing UPRR corridor, and will increase the understanding of the long-term service needs for a potential new rail corridor through east Texas within a broader corridor linking the two urban areas. Most importantly, they will lay the groundwork for future implementation efforts to bring a more reliable and enhanced passenger rail service to this part of Texas and Louisiana.

Vision

Reliable enhanced passenger rail service between Dallas/Mesquite and Shreveport/Bossier City.

Mission

To provide enhanced regional capacity, access, and multi-modal connectivity for travelers, encourage economic development through greater mobility, ensure long term air quality, relieve congestion, and improve safety of travel between Dallas/Mesquite and Shreveport/Bossier City.

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The T-L Rail Corridor

Future passenger rail could use the existing Amtrak/UP RR corridor, or if warranted, develop a new east-west corridor to link east Texas communities with the DART transit system and the Shreveport-Bossier City area.

Who’s Involved So Far?

The TLRC grew out of Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between the Northeast Texas Regional Mobility Authority (NET RMA) and Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). As implementing agencies, NET RMA and DART have experience in planning, designing and building transportation projects. Key participants to date include:

  • NET RMA
  • DART
  • East Texas COG
  • North Central Texas COG
  • City of Longview
  • City of Mesquite
  • City Mineola
  • City of Terrell
  • City of Tyler
  • Smith County

Contact

For more information or to be added to the stakeholder distribution list, please contact:

Celia Boswell
Chair, T- L Rail Coalition
Chair, NET RMA Rail Committee

NET RMA
909 ESE Loop 323
Suite 360 Tyler, TX 75701

Phone: 903-630-7447

Video

Title: High Speed Rail

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Project Info

Photo Gallery

  • Van Zandt County Judge Rhita Koches conducting the swearin-in ceremony
  • NET RMA Board members being sworn in. From left to right: Vice Chairman Gary Halbrooks-Smith County, Jack Traylor (new Cherokee Board member), Hudson Old-Titus County, Barham Fulmer-Smith County & Keith Honey-Gregg County
  • NET RMA Board members being sworn in. From left to right: Vice Chairman Gary Halbrooks-Smith County, Jack Traylor (new Cherokee Board member), Hudson Old-Titus County, Barham Fulmer-Smith County & Keith Honey-Gregg County
  • NET RMA Board members being sworn in. From left to right: Vice Chairman Gary Halbrooks-Smith County, Jack Traylor (new Cherokee Board member), Hudson Old-Titus County, Barham Fulmer-Smith County & Keith Honey-Gregg County
  • Chair of the NET RMA Mrs. Linda Thomas speaking at the event
  • Texas Transportation Commissioner Mr. Jeff Austin, III speaking at the event
  • City of Tyler Mayor Mrs. Barbara Bass speaking at the event
  • After the ribbon cutting
  • Pic of the stage prior to the event
  • Pic of the classic cars that were on display at the event
  • event banner
  • Senator Kevin Eltife and City of Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass
  • Indy car on display at the event
  • REL High School Southern Belles Drill Team performing
  • REL High School Southern Belles Drill Team performing
  • REL High School Southern Belles Drill Team performing
  • Crowd in attendance at the Celebration
  • Texas Transportation Commissioner Jeff Austin III speaking
  • The transfer of control from TxDOT to the NET RMA - Jeff Austin III, NET RMA Chair Linda Thomas & Vice Chairman Gary Halbrooks
  • Ribbon cutting
  • Senator Kevin Eltife speaking
  • Representative Bryan Hughes speaking
  • City of Tyler Mayor Barbara Bass speaking
  • City of Lindale Mayor Robert Nelson speaking
  • Chair of the NET RMA Linda Thomas speaking
  • Congressman Louie Gohmert speaking
  • Smith County Judge Joel Baker speaking
  • JA Speaking
  • NET RMA T-L Rail Coalition Meeting Rose Garden Center Peices
  • JA Speaking
  • JA Speaking
  • JA Speaking
  • JA Speaking
  • Jesse Oliver Speaking
  • Linda Thomas
  • Mike Battles and Mark McDaniels
  • T-L Rail Coalition Meeting Rose Garden
  • T-L Rail Coalition Meeting Rose Garden