Texas Central Chooses Renfe to Operate High-Speed Train

Texas Central, the developer of a high-speed passenger rail system that will connect Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston, has named international railway company Renfe as the train’s operating partner.

“After an intense review of the world’s best railroad operators, we were proud to select Renfe as the operator for the Texas Central Railroad,” said Carlos Aguilar, Texas Central CEO. “Renfe has established a reputation for excellence in railroad operation in Spain and across the world, and we welcome them aboard.”

“With their decades of expertise, they were a natural fit to join our other partners,” added Aquilar. “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. The combination of these best-in-class global experts sets the foundation for the new jobs-creating industry we are bringing to Texas.”

Renfe, in partnership with Adif, which manages Spanish railway infrastructure, will provide technical advice on the design and construction of the Texas train and assist in the further development of Texas Central’s operation and maintenance plans. The company will run the trains; maintain system components, such as the engines, signals and other equipment; and oversee ticketing, passenger loyalty programs and other services.

"Today's announcement is extraordinary news for Texans and for the Spanish railway industry,” said Renfe President Isaías Táboas. “Texas Central represents a large high-speed train project in a country with high-growth potential, for which the Spanish experience will be of great help. Both Renfe Operadora and Adif have accumulated years and miles of high-speed railway development with professional teams, extensive experience and specialized knowledge. We are committed to the success of Texas Central in improving the mobility of Texans and others in the U.S.”