Tuesday, March 27, 2012

FTA OKs TEX Rail for preliminary engineering

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FTA OKs TEX Rail for preliminary engineering Fort Worth Transportation Authority

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (the "T") said its TEX Rail commuter rail project has been approved by the Federal Transit Administration "to advance to Preliminary Engineering." The authority made the announcement Monday at its Board of Directors meeting.

"This is a major milestone in the development of our commuter rail project that will provide service to thousands of riders across Tarrant County from southwest Fort Worth to Grapevine and into DFW Airport," said President Dick Ruddell.

An email from FTA to congressional offices stated that "FTA has received sufficient project justification and local financial commitment information from The T to determine that the project meets the eligibility criteria and all other New Starts requirements to advance into PE."

TEX Rail's 37-mile route includes 14 stations and would provide direct service to and from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport as well as transporting commuters and other riders to other locations across Tarrant County. TEX Rail also would offer transfer connections from D/FW Airport to the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Orange Line for trips to Irving and Dallas.

The T has commitments for a 50% local match of the rail's projected $758 million cost through its funding partner, the City of Grapevine, and funds committed by Tarrant County, the City of Fort Worth, the State of Texas, and the North Central Texas Council of Governments.