More jobs are expected to be created for trainees at the Texas Central Railroad’s new training facility, a source with knowledge of the matter told the Tribune.
The TCCR has a trackless rail line that connects parts of Houston, Dallas and Austin, with its main facility located in Galveston, Texas.
The new facility will open later this year and will employ more than 4,500 trainees and trainees’ families, including trainees from Texas Central’s Galvestonic regional headquarters, said the source.
TCCR spokesman John Dyer confirmed that the new training center will be located in the area of Texas Central.
He said the facility is not located near the railroad tracks that run from Galvesto to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“The TCA has been very supportive of the TCC, and I am sure the new facility is just the next logical step in helping to fill our growing training needs,” Dyer said in a statement to the Tribune on Monday.
The TCT has been the most vocal proponent of expanding the trainee training workforce.
In February, TCCI President Scott Higgs told reporters that the company is looking to hire 3,000 more trainees in the next five years.
Higgs said the new trainee facility will allow for “more than 2,000 trainees to work on the trackless line that runs from Galvez to Houston and will allow trainees the opportunity to work with more experienced trainees.”
The Texas Central Railway is currently seeking trainees for a trainee workforce of 1,600 trainees.
Trainees currently work on tracks along the train line that connect Galvez with Houston.
Railroad spokesman Jason Miller confirmed to the newspaper that the TCT will hire trainees but declined to provide more details.