New TEXRail line rolls in DFW

Written by Keith Barrow, Senior Editor, International Railway Journal
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TEXRail inaugurated passenger rail services between Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Grapevine and central Fort Worth on January 10 with the inauguration of the 28-mile commuter line.

TEXRail begins at DFW Airport Terminal B and serves seven intermediate stations before terminating at an interchange with the Dallas–Fort Worth Trinity Rail Express commuter rail line at T&P station in Fort Worth.

TEXRail will also eventually connect to Dallas Area Rapid Transit’s (DART) Cotton Belt commuter line.

Trinity Metro is initially operating an hourly service seven days a week with a journey time of 52 minutes. Travel will be free of charge until January 31, with a fare of $2.50 for a single trip and $5 for a day pass thereafter.

Construction began in August 2016 and the $996-million project was funded with the aid of a $44.9-million Full Funding Grant Agreement from the Federal Transit Administration.

Fort Worth Transportation Authority awarded Stadler a $106.7-million contract in June 2015 to supply eight four-car Flirt 3 DMUs, which were assembled at Stadler’s U.S. plant in Salt Lake City.

Each 266-foot-long articulated train accommodates 488 passengers, 229 of them seated, with four sets of doors on each side.

Signaling, telecommunications and a command and control center were supplied by Wabtec under a $97-million deal signed in early 2017.

TEXRail is initially forecast to carry 8,000 passengers a day, increasing to nearly 14,000 passengers a day by 2030.


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