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TEXRail ready to roll Thursday after delayed start

Posted Jan. 3, 2019 | Last updated Jan. 8, 2019

a group cuts a ribbon in front of a rail car
Local dignitaries cut the ribbon on train service from Fort Worth to DFW Airport on Dec. 31.

Trinity Metro has received word from the Federal Railroad Administration that the entire 27-mile TEXRail route has been approved for passenger service. Full service is expected to begin from the T&P Station to DFW Airport’s Terminal B on Jan. 10.

On Jan. 4, Trinity Metro discovered a signal issue that interrupted train operations. The issue was caused by a hardware installation problem by a signal contractor. Trinity Metro tested each piece of hardware to make sure that all components are working properly before passenger service begins.

President/CEO Paul Ballard credits the FRA for continuing to work with Trinity Metro during a time when they are short-handed due to the federal shutdown. “We greatly appreciate all of the efforts to move TEXRail from the testing phase to full service by all of the personnel at FRA,” Ballard said.

Ride for free in January

Passengers on Trinity Metro’s new 27-mile TEXRail commuter rail line can try out the train for free until Feb. 1.

TEXRail runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International’s Terminal B, providing a daily commuting option for regional employees and travelers.

On Feb. 1, customers will pay $2.50 for a one-way ticket. A $5 day pass is good for all rail and buses in Tarrant County.

TEXRail service begins at the Texas & Pacific Station in Fort Worth and travels through north Fort Worth, North Richland Hills and Grapevine before its final stop at Terminal B. The first train departs Fort Worth at 3:25 a.m. and arrives at the airport at 4:17 a.m.

View a complete schedule.

Trinity Metro expect to have 8,000 riders a day by the end of the first year of service.

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Golden Triangle Boulevard & Harmon Road Roundabout Project Meeting: 7 p.m. Jan. 21, 2019; O.A. Peterson Elementary School Gym, 2000 Winter Hawk Drive.

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