TEXRail sets new daily, weekend ridership totals

(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) Jan. 28, 2019 – Nice weather, free fares and the desire to experience TEXRail combined to set a new weekend ridership total of nearly 20,000 in two days for the new commuter rail line. With 10,477 on Saturday and 9,111 on Sunday, the total ridership of 19,588 eclipsed the previous weekend record of 18,002, which was set during the three-day holiday weekend that included Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

“The number of people choosing to ride TEXRail continues to exceed our expectations,” said Trinity Metro President/CEO Paul J Ballard. “We offered complimentary fares in January because we wanted everyone to experience TEXRail, and we are delighted that so many North Texans and tourists are riding.”

Prior to this weekend, MLK Day had the highest daily ridership with 8,287 passengers. Since service began on Jan. 10, the grand total is 82,733.

TEXRail fares

Beginning Friday, Feb. 1, the local fare for TEXRail will be $2.50 one way or $5 for a local day pass, which includes all Trinity Metro bus and rail service in Tarrant County. A regional day pass is $12 and includes all Trinity Metro, Dallas Area Rapid Transit, and Denton County Transportation Authority trains and buses.

About Trinity Metro

Trinity Metro is a regional transportation system that provides public transportation to meet the mobility needs in Tarrant County. The agency offers connections throughout the North Central Texas region, annually providing 10 million passenger trips on buses, vanpools and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), a 34-mile commuter rail line jointly owned and operated with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Trinity Metro is the sole owner and operator of TEXRail, a 27-mile commuter rail line that runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

TEXRail ridership reaches 55,000 in first 12 days of service

(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) Jan. 22, 2019 – To say TEXRail is the ride of choice may be an understatement. In the first 12 days of service, nearly 55,000 passengers have ridden on the new commuter rail service.

“We have had a tremendous response to TEXRail,” said Trinity Metro President/CEO Paul J Ballard. “The high number of riders reflects the region’s desire to leave the car behind and choose public transportation.”

As North Texans traveled during the holiday weekend, more than 18,000 chose to take their journey on TEXRail. The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday carried the highest number of daily riders to date with 8,287 passengers. Ridership on Saturday, Jan. 19, totaled 4,710 and Sunday, Jan. 20, ridership peaked at 5,005. The total for the three-day weekend was 18,002. TEXRail at Grapevine Main Street Station

One of Monday’s eastbound trains picked up 247 riders at the Fort Worth Texas & Pacific Station and another 162 at the Downtown ITC/Fort Worth Station. On one of the westbound trains, 264 passengers boarded at DFW Airport Terminal B Station and another 168 boarded at Grapevine/Main Street Station. At full capacity, a train carries 488 passengers.

“Throughout the weekend, we have heard from riders who tried TEXRail for the first time – and a few who have ridden every day since we began service,” Ballard said. “The feedback is overwhelmingly positive, and everyone loves the smooth ride.”

At the inaugural run of TEXRail, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price discussed the possibility of extending TEXRail’s route to new stations in the Medical District and in the TCU/Berry Street area.

Passengers on TEXRail Train“We agree that extending the TEXRail route is a viable option to pursue,” Ballard said. “The initial response indicates that the extension would be a popular option for medical employees to travel to work and for students to go to class.”

About Trinity Metro
Trinity Metro is a regional transportation system that provides public transportation to meet the mobility needs in Tarrant County. The agency offers connections throughout the North Central Texas region, annually providing 10 million passenger trips on buses, vanpools and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), a 34-mile commuter rail line jointly owned and operated with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Trinity Metro is the sole owner and operator of TEXRail, a 27-mile commuter rail line that runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

TEXRail Debut

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TEXRail ridership exceeds 11,000 in opening weekend

(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) Jan. 16, 2019 – North Texans gave TEXRail a warm welcome during the commuter rail line’s opening weekend, Jan. 12-13. More than 11,000 riders experienced the new TEXRail train that travels across a 27-mile route from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

 

Ridership on Saturday reached 6,489 and Sunday’s ridership was 4,625, yielding a weekend total of 11,114. Passengers on TEXRail Train

 

“We couldn’t be more pleased with the ridership numbers,” said Trinity Metro President/CEO Paul J Ballard. “We anticipated a strong turnout, but the number of riders exceeded our expectations.”

 

Numbers from the weekend show that some of the most popular places to board were the Fort Worth Texas & Pacific (T&P) Station, Grapevine/Main Street Station and DFW Airport Terminal B Station. The Downtown ITC/Fort Worth Station and North Richland Hills/Smithfield Station also reflected strong ridership

 

On Saturday, 220 riders boarded at the Fort Worth T&P Station for one of the trains. At Grapevine, 170 riders boarded a morning train. An afternoon train had 236 riders board at the DFW Airport Terminal B Station. On one of the Sunday trains, 201 passengers boarded at the T&P Station. On the other end of the line, 167 riders boarded the train at the DFW Airport Terminal B Station.

 

“From the feedback we received, riders were trying TEXRail for a number of reasons,” Ballard said. “Some were taking day trips with their families, and others were testing out the route in anticipation of commuting to work during the week. We also saw travelers with luggage going to or from the airport.”

TEXRail at Grapevine Main Street StationAbout Trinity Metro
Trinity Metro is a regional transportation system that provides public transportation to meet the mobility needs in Tarrant County. The agency offers connections throughout the North Central Texas region, annually providing 10 million passenger trips on buses, vanpools and the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), a 34-mile commuter rail line jointly owned and operated with Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART). Trinity Metro is the sole owner and operator of TEXRail, a 27-mile commuter rail line that runs from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport’s Terminal B.

TEXRail Passenger Service

Trinity Metro has received word from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) that the entire 27-mile TEXRail route has been approved for passenger service. We expect to begin full service from the T&P Station to DFW Airport’s Terminal B on Thursday, Jan. 10.

 

BACKGROUND

On Friday afternoon, Jan. 4, Trinity Metro discovered a signal issue that interrupted train operations. We determined the issue was caused by a hardware installation problem by our signal contractor. We are testing each piece of hardware to make sure that all components are working properly before we begin passenger service.

 

President/CEO Paul Ballard credits the FRA for continuing to work with Trinity Metro during a time when they are short-handed. “We greatly appreciate all of the efforts to move TEXRail from the testing phase to full service by all of the personnel at FRA.”

Make Your Move: 01/04/19

Make Your Move – Jan. 4, 2019

Experience TEXRail and explore more in 2019. Kick off the new year and take one of Trinity Metro’s bus routes or Molly the Trolley to Sundance Square, the Stockyards or a TCU game and ensure that you are enjoying all that this area has to offer. Take TEXRail to the Stockyards via the North Side Station and bus route 14, NYTEX in North Richland Hills, Main Street in Grapevine, DFW Airport North Station or right into DFW Terminal B.

Enjoy the ride and the view. 

Make sure at least one of your resolutions is to head over to Dallas more often on the Trinity Railway Express (TRE). During the month of January, take in one of these Mavs or Stars games at the American Airlines Center:

Jan. 4 – Stars vs. Capitals

Jan. 7 – Mavs vs. Lakers

Jan. 9 – Mavs vs. Suns

Jan. 12 – Stars vs. Blues

The city awaits you.

Another resolution to add to your list: be less stressed and take one of Trinity Metro’s bus routes to all things happenin’ in Fort Worth.

Head to the Stockyards – Ride bus route 15 to catch the PBR Classic or take in a band or fair:

Jan. 4 – Fort Worth PBR Cowtown Classic

Jan. 4 & 5 – Josh Abbott Band

Jan. 11 – Cracker

Jan. 13 – The Hollistic Fair

Jan. 18 – Feb. 9 – Gear up up now to rope a ride to the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo.

2019 Resolution: EXPLORE MORE.

Happy New Year! 

Make your MOVE on Trinity Metro!

TEXRail Commuter Service

Trinity Metro TEXRail commuter rail service will not begin passenger service as planned on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019.

We have been unable to get clearance to operate the entire 27-mile corridor from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). We will announce the start of passenger service as soon as we obtain full clearance from the FRA to operate the entire railroad.