In June 2017, it was stated that construction would begin in 2018 and would support 10,000 jobs during each year of the construction process and 1,000 jobs in each year after that. Also in June 2017, the company announced that it had reached agreement with 福陆公司to advance the preliminary development of the project. Fluor will support the project during the preliminary development by refining the project’s engineering, design-build cost estimate, schedule and construction planning, and potentially further phases of development. Fluor and its partners would be the preferred design-builder of the project. On September 13 2018, the company earned a $300 million loan for permitting, design and engineering. The company selected Salini Impregilo to lead the civil construction consortium that will build the Texas passenger line, to the top of the rails, including viaducts, embankments and drainage. Construction is now slated to begin in 2019 and end in 2024.
截至2018年11月10日 (2018-11-10)[update] the Federal permitting dashboard shows that the date for the Record of Decision is March 27, 2020. Since construction cannot start until the completion of the NEPA process, it would appear that earliest work could start would be late 2019 or early 2020 and would take up to 6 years. the company currently has 30% of needed land acquisitions needed for construction.
In a December 2016 summary judgement, a Harris County court ruled that the Texas Central Railroad does not have the power to require private landowners to allow their land to be surveyed for possible future eminent domain purchases. The case, Texas central Railroad and Infrastructure vs Calvin House, was prosecuted by the railroad against a landowner that refused to allow survey crews onto his land.
In 2017, Grimes County won an injunction against Texas Central Railroad that prevents the company from performing any surveys that damage or alter any county roads or right-of-ways.
In February 2019, a Leon County district judge ruled that Texas Central is not a railroad company and therefore does not have the right to conduct surveys on private land.
In December 2015, the company announced that it had appointed three new executives to help develop the project, all of whom will report to Tim Keith:
Managing Director, External Affairs – Holly Reed. She was previously Regional vice president of external affairs for AT&T.
Chief Finance Officer (CFO) – Lori Willox. She is a certified public accountant, and was previously a Senior vice president and CFO for Balfour Beatty’s Central region.
Managing Director, Design-Build Program – Doug Jones. He has been in the construction industry for 38 years and was previously with Balfour Beatty Construction in Dallas.
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