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A new commuter rail line from Ft. Worth northeast to DFW Airport is expected to begin service in late 2018.

www.texrail.com/

 

It will use a former Cotton Belt line. DART already has a light-rail line into DFW Airport and the TRE serves a station just south of the airport.

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Looks like TexRail will officially open on January 5th. They've already posted timetables. It'll run once per hour every day with no difference between weekday or weekend, nor even extra trains during rush hour. 51 to 52 minutes between the end stations, DFW Airport to Fort Worth.

https://ridetrinitymetro.org/texrail/schedules/

 

 

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*blinks at the timetable*
There's round-the-clock service on one end of the line?  Wow...

I don't know about the line ownership situation but I suspect that if the service is as popular as the official estimates project, you will see a frequency bump at peak hours.  The initial equipment order was for eight sets.  The current timetable requires three sets for service, and I figure you need to presume one will be out-of-service at any given moment (maintenance cycles, etc.), but that still gives four additional sets (which may or may nor have all been delivered).  I suspect they can double peak-hour frequency, and there is room in their order to acquire more equipment if needed (the order was for 8 sets and 24 options).

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*blinks at the timetable*

There's round-the-clock service on one end of the line?  Wow...

 

I don't know about the line ownership situation but I suspect that if the service is as popular as the official estimates project, you will see a frequency bump at peak hours.  The initial equipment order was for eight sets.  The current timetable requires three sets for service, and I figure you need to presume one will be out-of-service at any given moment (maintenance cycles, etc.), but that still gives four additional sets (which may or may nor have all been delivered).  I suspect they can double peak-hour frequency, and there is room in their order to acquire more equipment if needed (the order was for 8 sets and 24 options).

From what I've heard the plan is to bump up frequencies, but not all the infrastructure will be ready (extra passing sidings, etc) at the start for those extra frequencies.

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I forgot to think about the fact that most of the line is single track with sidings, so that might limit the schedule for the foreseeable future. I'm glad it's starting out with a bang though. When the A-Train opened it was pretty much relegated to rush hour only service when it began. If you didn't check the schedules carefully, you'd be waiting at the Green Line a few hours to make the transfer. TRE has really upped its frequency as well. When the #22, the Texas Eagle arrived on time into FTW, you'd have to wait 2 hours or so for the next eastbound train toward Dallas. Now you only have to wait 27 minutes or up to a maximum of an hour if #22 is running behind. Now the west side of the Metroplex will be much better connected. Just sure wish Fort Worth hadn't turned down the streetcar plan several years ago.

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Map-2016-7.pngHere's a picture of the TexRail route to Terminal B.

https://ridetrinitymetro.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Map-2016-7.png

From FAQs:

There are two main reasons why TEXRail will use diesel technology. The cost (both construction, and ongoing operational costs) of an electrified rail system is much higher than a diesel rail system, and the existing railroad tracks on which TEXRail will share with freight railroads do not have electrification.

The speed of train travel will depend on the type of terrain, the number of crossings, the current train location on the line and other related factors. Speeds likely would range from 0 to 70 mph.

Trinity Metro is working with existing railroads to share existing tracks, which would mean most of the route would operate on a single track. Selected locations will have a second track added for passing ability, and to meet schedules for both passenger and freight traffic. Double tracks also will be placed at stations.

The train frequency projected is for the year 2035. Projections for population, employment growth and other factors would be needed to project any increase in train frequency beyond 2035.

During peak hours, (the three hours associated with morning rush hours, and the three hours in the evening associated with evening rush hours), trains will run about every 30 minutes. Outside of peak hours, trains would run about every 60 minutes. This frequency is expected to occur in the year 2035, with less frequency possible at startup. Train service and frequency would be consistent along the entire length of the route.

TEXRail DFW International Airport Station will be connected to DART Orange Line DFW International Airport Station via a short walk. (Time of this short walk is not stated.)

The railroads that own the current train bridge crossings over the Trinity River have indicated those bridges are or will soon be at capacity, and there would be no opportunities for the proposed passenger trains to get across using the existing bridges. The railroads also have indicated concerns about liability issues related to allowing a passenger train to use their bridge crossings.

 

 

 

Edited by Rover

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Looks like the cross walkway connecting the two stations will be at the away from the airport end of the station. Vestiges of it appear to be in place in this Google Map image adjacent to Crossover #2. Presumably the TEX Rail Station is built between S Service Rd and the Toll Road south of Crossover #2.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/Dallas%2FFort+Worth+International+Airport/@32.9074539,-97.0408607,219m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x864c2a660d222aa7:0x73323f5e067d201c!8m2!3d32.8998091!4d-97.0403352

I am just guessing based on an out of date photo. Anyone who has been there have any upto date info?

 

 

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19 hours ago, PRR 60 said:

This is what the TexRail station looked like yesterday (from DFW SkyLink). 20181113_185925340_iOS.thumb.jpg.e84ec4eab4286df15f25eb3a489a0ef4.jpg

Seems kind of odd to me to put a train station in the middle of two highways.  

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You put it where space can be found easily.

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10 minutes ago, jis said:

You put it where space can be found easily. emoji52.png

Touché.

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Seems kind of odd to me to put a train station in the middle of two highways.  

Texas has enough asphalt ribbons that it’s hard not to put anything between two one-way, wide-laned roads.

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A nice new train station being built in Grapevine for this rail.

http://architexas.com/project/grapevine-main/

Sure doesn't look like the rest of "train-hating" Texas. If only San Antonio or Austin could have done something like this years ago! And don't even mention the poor excuse that acts like a Amtrak train station in Houston (metro population of 6.3 million).

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On 11/15/2018 at 2:49 PM, cpotisch said:

Seems kind of odd to me to put a train station in the middle of two highways.  

The way the airport layout is, that's the only place to put it. Thats right next to the terminal though. It'd be cool if they could add a stop for the Skylink right there, so you can take an elevator up, go through TSA and hop on the Skylink to another terminal. That's my expensive idea at least.

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