Fort Worth joins the jet set with new rail line to DFW Airport
Fort Worth flyers and airport commuters are poised to join the jet set with an official approval by the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport Board to build a rail station at the airport.
The service will run from downtown Fort Worth through Haltom City, North Richland Hills, and Grapevine to a TEX Rail Station at Terminal B. A second station will be built in Grapevine, north of State Highway 114 and west of State Highway 121, along Dallas Road.
Tex Rail is a 27-mile commuter rail project in Tarrant County that joins the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), the first commuter rail line in the Southwest. The TRE is a joint project between DART and the Fort Worth Transportation Authority, also known as The T. The TRE provides service between Fort Worth and Dallas, with stops at the Victory and Union stations.
The new TEX Rail line will connect with the TRE at two downtown Fort Worth stations: Fort Worth Intermodal Transportation Center and T&P. At the airport, it will make a connection with DART Rail, whose station is at Terminal A; there'll be a walkway between the two lines.
DART opened its station at the airport in August 2014, creating an alternative to more costly options such as $50 cab rides, $25 shuttles, or driving and parking at the airport for $20. Having convenient train service to the airport makes Dallas-Fort Worth a vastly easier, more urban place to live or visit.
DART's service is part of the Orange Line, with a platform located between International Parkway and the north service road near Terminal A.
Construction on the TEX Rail line will start in July, while construction on the DFW station will commence in fall 2016. The service is scheduled to begin in 2018.
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