Posted on: January 25, 2017
TEX Rail Project Underway in NRH, Tarrant County
With federal funding now secured and without a tax increase, the TEX Rail project is moving full steam ahead! This light rail line will include seven new stops across Fort Worth, North Richland Hills and Grapevine bridging the TRE line in downtown Fort Worth with the DART line at DFW Airport. For more information, visit www.texrail.com.
The rail cars to be used on this line have been purchased from Switzerland-based manufacturer Stadler and are currently in the process of being assembled at the company’s new U.S. plant in Salt Lake City, Utah. Unlike the heavy rail cars used on the nearby Trinity Railway Express (TRE), TEX Rail will use Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) self-propelled passenger rail cars, which create 72% less pollution and 75% less noise. These more environmentally friendly cars are also used on the Denton County Transportation Agency’s A Train. In addition, the railroad bed is being reconstructed and new concrete rail ties installed to further reduce the sound and vibration coming from the track itself.
Construction has begun on some stations with plans for the remainder of the line’s stations and upgrades to the Cotton Belt Rail Line tracks later this year. The Fort Worth Transportation Authority recently began work on the Smithfield Station platform and parking on Smithfield Road just north of Mid Cities Boulevard. Construction at the site of the Iron Horse Station will start in the coming year.
The TEX Rail line is expected to begin transporting passengers in late 2018 and is projected to carry about 9,000 daily passengers by the end of its first year with ridership increasing to 14,000 by 2035. When completed, the TEX Rail line will provide residents and visitors to Tarrant County with an additional convenient and reliable transportation option for travel around the DFW area. Departing every 30 minutes during the morning and afternoon commute, these state-of-the-art rail cars will allow riders to make more of their time in transit with Wi-Fi, work tables, USB ports and bike racks.