Journal of Transportation Security

, Volume 10, Issue 3–4, pp 73–86 | Cite as

Homeland security and Texas’ high-speed rail



A private corporation is proposing a high-speed intercity passenger train system to operate between Dallas and Houston, Texas using Japanese technology and methods. This project brings with it unique and unprecedented homeland security issues. A modern high-speed rail system is a network of potential vulnerabilities, and terrorist groups have identified public transportation as desirable targets. This paper reviews potential vulnerabilities and threats, describes the proposed project, and details possible options for safety, security, and intelligence. The author then puts these items in the context of public policy and makes a series of recommendations regarding the government’s role in the provision of homeland security for the proposed train. Specifically, the author recommends the State of Texas set required homeland security standards for high-speed rail projects.


Homeland security High-speed rail Passenger trains Transit Texas Transportation Terrorism Railroad Trains Intel Intelligence Cyber Energy Japan 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Texas A&M Transportation InstituteAustinUSA

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