Federal and Local Funding in Place for TEXRail

A Grapevine Vintage Railroad train idles in Grapevine, Texas, on Dec. 27, 2016. (Photo by Todd DeFeo/The DeFeo Groupe)

FOR WORTH, Texas — All local and federal funding is in place for the proposed TEXRail commuter rail line in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority and the Federal Transit Administration earlier this month signed a $499.39 million Full Funding Grant Agreement. That completes the local and federal funding for the $1.034 billion commuter rail project.

Slated to open for service in late 2018, TEXRail is a 27-mile commuter rail line that will extend from downtown Fort Worth, across northwest Tarrant County, through North Richland Hills and Grapevine, and into Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

“Signing the Full Funding Grant Agreement signifies success for everyone who has worked diligently over the years to make TEXRail a reality,” FWTA President/CEO Paul Ballard said in a news release. “I am grateful to the FTA for their support of this project, and especially to FTA Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers for joining us on this momentous occasion.”

TEXRail’s route will start at the T&P Station and continue to the Intermodal Transportation Center, North Side, Beach Street/Mercantile, Iron Horse and Smithfield (both in North Richland Hills), Grapevine/Main Street, DFW Airport North and DFW Airport Terminal B.

“A key element of our Transit Master Plan is to serve more people and more places – and TEXRail does just that,” Ballard said. “In addition to current residents along the route, we will have multiple communities of riders in the transit-oriented developments.”