Spike’s blog: All about TEXRail’s newest train

My name is Spike, and I’m the latest addition to the TEXRail family. You might have heard about my participation in the grand opening for the Stadler U.S. plant in Salt Lake City. I was proud to represent Trinity Metro and to showcase the sleek TEXRail design while celebrating Stadler’s success – and the 150th anniversary of the Golden Spike. That’s when the ceremonial golden spike was driven to join the rails of the first Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869.

For those of you who have already ridden TEXRail, you know that the TEXRail fleet is unlike any other in the United States. The Swiss design makes for a smooth, comfortable ride in a bidirectional train. That’s definitely a different look for trains in Texas.

During the planning phase, Trinity Metro made some modifications to the original design to make sure I’d feel right at home in the Lone Star State. People in the Metroplex like to ride their bikes. But snow ski in Texas? Not so much. That meant replacing the ski racks with vertical bike racks. Another good idea was to be egalitarian with one class of transport for everyone. So they replaced the first class car with a quiet car, giving riders a chance to relax and unplug.

If you haven’t tried TEXRail yet, I hope you will soon. I’m going to hang out in Utah just a bit longer, and then I’ll be headed to Texas. Can’t wait to meet y’all!

U.S. Rep. Veasey dons conductor hat at Mercantile Center Station

Congressman Veasey will be working as a guest conductor on TEXRail

as part of his Marc Means Business Initiative

 

(FORT WORTH, TEXAS) May 23, 2019 –  On Friday, May 24, Congressman Marc Veasey will be working as a guest conductor on TEXRail. He will be checking tickets and helping passengers, starting his shift on the 10:44 a.m. eastbound train from the Mercantile Center Station.

Prior to beginning his work, Veasey will tour the Mahaffey Maintenance Facility, where TEXRail trains are housed and maintained. He will then participate in a safety briefing before boarding the train at the Mercantile Center Station.  

“For the last five years, I’ve embraced the opportunity to get an inside glimpse of what it’s like to work in other professions,” Veasey said. “There’s no better way to connect with hardworking Texans than to jump in and work with them.”

Since 2014, Rep. Veasey has worked alongside Texans in a variety of roles – from decorating cakes to assisting as a concrete batch laborer. Last month, Rep. Veasey was an Uber driver in Dallas-Fort Worth, getting to transport residents to and from work and to a variety of destinations. The Marc Means Business initiative has connected the Congressman with constituents at their place of employment to better understand the challenges they face in their work and daily lives.  

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.

 

 

Media Event: A preview of Trinity Metro’s new electric bus

The Dash Bus(FORT WORTH, TX – May 20, 2019) The Dash, Trinity Metro’s new electric bus, will make its debut at a media event at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. Attendees will have the opportunity to tour the bus and enjoy a short ride. 

Speakers will include Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Councilmember Ann Zadeh, Trinity Metro President/CEO Bob Baulsir and Trinity Metro Board Chair Scott Mahaffey.

The event will start outside the east entrance of the Kimbell Art Museum’s Louis I. Kahn Building, located off Van Cliburn Way.

When the service begins, the Dash will operate from downtown Fort Worth to the city’s cultural district along the 7th Street corridor and will include a stop at the new Dickies Arena. 

“We will be testing this new technology throughout the summer,” said Wayne Gensler, vice president and chief operating officer for bus and paratransit. “Everyone will be seeing these distinctive red buses soon. We’re very excited to connect these two areas of the city, and we expect the route to be very popular with both residents and visitors.”

One bus and a charging station have been delivered to Trinity Metro. The three remaining buses are expected to arrive by the end of May. Service for The Dash will begin Sept. 22.

“The Dash is truly a team effort,” said Bob Baulsir. “We’re appreciative of the many groups in the community that are helping launch this partnership. We’re also thankful to the North Central Texas Council of Governments for providing the grant funding for the electric buses.”

Community investors that have made a three-year financial commitment in The Dash service include the City of Fort Worth, Blue Zones Project – Fort Worth, Real Estate Council of Greater Fort Worth, and Visit Fort Worth. 

Other Dash investors include the Kimbell Art Museum, Modern Art Museum Fort Worth, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Crockett Row, Museum Place and Sheraton Downtown Fort Worth.

When The Dash is in service, the fare structure will be same as other local buses: $2 one way or $5 for an unlimited-ride day pass. 

All Trinity Metro bus operators will be trained on the new electric bus prior to the launch of service.

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.

About the Kimbell Art Museum

The Kimbell Art Museum, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is internationally renowned for both its collections and its architecture. The Kimbell’s collections range in period from antiquity to the 20th century and include European masterpieces by artists such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Poussin, Velázquez, Monet, Picasso and Matisse; important collections of Egyptian and classical antiquities; and the art of Asia, Africa and the Ancient Americas.

The museum’s 1972 building, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn, is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. A second building, designed by world-renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened in 2013 and now provides space for special exhibitions, dedicated classrooms and a 289-seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music.

 

Chronicle Spike’s Travels

Spike, the 8th Trinity Metro TEXRail train will be coming to Fort Worth this summer. This is where he will chronicle his journey. First rail of the trip is coming soon!