Those of you of a certain age can remember the Northwest Mall as the destination place to shop, see a movie or hang out with friends.
Then over the years, the mall fell into disrepair as stores shut down.
Now, Northwest Mall may get new life as a train terminal for a high-speed bullet train, if Texas Central Partners gets its way. On Monday, the group, along with local elected officials, announced that the company has selected the mall's 45-acre tract near Loop 610 and U.S. 290 as its top choice for the southern terminal.
The bullet train connecting Houston and Dallas is privately funded and expected to cost between $15 billion and $18 billion to construct. It requires federal approval to build. The train is expected to travel at more than 200 miles an hour, connecting the state's two rival cities with a 90-minute ride.
Critics – especially those in rural areas – say the bullet train will destroy quality of life and displace homeowners living near the tracks. Supporters tout economic development and transit improvements.
Read more in the Texas Tribune.
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