Carlos Aguilar steps down from Texas Central

June 14, 2022
Aguilar has led the private high-speed rail project for nearly six years.

In a LinkedIn post over the weekend, Texas Central’s CEO and President Carlos Aguilar said he has left the company and cited “news reports in the international press” for the timing of his announcement. Aguilar joined Texas Central in December 2016 and, in his post, said his next career move would be announced soon.

“I am immensely proud of the achievements of OUR team, gaining among many other accomplishments, end to end regulatory approvals for the first true high-speed rail project in our nation’s history. This was a most conscientious and complex endeavor, carefully addressing concerns from land owners, stakeholders and providing opportunities to all sectors of our society, a FIRST for U.S. Infrastructure,” Aguilar wrote. “While I could not align our current stakeholders on a common vision for a path forward, I wish the project the greatest success and remain convinced of the importance of this venture for the safety and prosperity of ALL Texans.”

The international news reports referenced in Aguilar’s departure announcement could include an article published earlier this month on Spanish-language news site La Informacion that reported nearly the entire management team of Texas Central had left the project and twice said the project was in a “hibernation phase,” according to knowledgeable but unnamed sources.

Aguilar ended his post with, “Texas and the U.S. deserve the best transportation options, and I am convinced that in time, these will become a reality. We can do this. VALE!”

Texas Central’s website does not have anyone listed under its executive leadership team and the most recent inclusion of Aguilar is a September 2020 blog post.

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Mischa Wanek-Libman serves as editor in chief of Mass Transit magazine and group editorial director of the Infrastructure and Aviation Group at Endeavor Business Media. She is responsible for developing and maintaining the editorial direction of the group and is based in the western suburbs of Chicago.

Wanek-Libman has spent more than 20 years covering transportation issues including construction projects and engineering challenges for various commuter railroads and transit agencies. She has been recognized for editorial excellence through her individual work, as well as for collaborative content. 

She is an active member of the American Public Transportation Association's Marketing and Communications Committee and serves as a Board Observer on the National Railroad Construction and Maintenance Association (NRC) Board of Directors.  

She is a graduate of Drake University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication with a major in magazine journalism and a minor in business management.