Trinity Metro chooses design team for new Near Southside station in Fort Worth
Trinity Metro has hit another benchmark in its plan to extend TexRail to the Near Southside: The agency has selected a team consisting of Huitt-Zollars + TranSystems, who will partner to serve as final design consultant (FDC) on the transit expansion.
Huitt-Zollars is a design firm with expertise in planning, program management, and construction management. TranSystems oversees construction on transportation networks and infrastructure. Both firms have previously worked for Trinity Metro on projects such as the TEXRail Track and Stations project, which was completed by TranSystems; and the Mahaffey Maintenance Facility, which was completed by Huitt-Zollars.
This project consists of a 2.1-mile commuter rail extension from the Fort Worth T&P Station to a new Near Southside Station in the Fort Worth Medical District.
In addition to the rail extension, it also includes the design of the Near Southside Station with a 100-space park-and-ride lot. Construction on the $167 million program will begin in 2024.
In a statement, Trinity Metro President and CEO Richard Andreski says the expansion represents "a crucial milestone" in the development of Fort Worth's transportation infrastructure.
"By connecting riders to the Near Southside and Medical District, we are offering medical workers, patients and visitors an opportunity to ride the very popular and very successful TEXRAIL," Andreski says. "The expanded rail service will provide a great commuting choice many people while also offering Near Southside residents a seamless connection to DFW Airport."
Trinity Metro is the sole owner and operator of TEXRail, a 27-mile commuter rail line that runs between downtown Fort Worth and Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B; and co-owner of Trinity Railway Express (TRE), a 34-mile commuter rail line jointly owned and operated with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART).