Commuter Rail to N. Fort Worth Discussed

Rail service to SE Fort Worth also on the table

By Frank Heinz
|  Wednesday, Nov 2, 2011  |  Updated 6:35 PM CDT
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Fort Worth is discussing expanding commuter rail lines to the North Fort Worth/Alliance area.

Chris Van Horne, Fort Worth Journalist

Fort Worth is discussing expanding commuter rail lines to the North Fort Worth/Alliance area.

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How great would this be?

Leaders in Tarrant County are meeting Wednesday morning to discuss plans to bring a commuter rail line through the Alliance area of Fort Worth.

This would help people bypass one of the most congested roadways in all of the state -- the Interstate 35W and Loop 820 interchange.

The line, if it's approved and built, should probably extend past Alliance and go all the way to the Texas Motor Speedway to further ease traffic on race weekends.  Either way, it's a good idea worth consideration.

The Trinity Railway Express, run by The T, currently runs from the Intermodal Transportation Center in downtown Fort Worth to Richland Hills, Hurst/Bell, CentrePort south of DFW Airport, Irving and Dallas.

The T is also conducting a feasibility study on building rail lines into southeast Fort Worth, where the bus line has its largest ridership.  A community meeting will be held Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. at Texas Wesleyan University to further discuss the plan.

Plans are already in place for TexRail, a commuter line using existing rail lines that will run from Sycamore School Road in southwest Fort Worth through downtown Fort Worth and into Grapevine before terminating at DFW Airport's North Entrance.  The line is expected to begin service in 2015.

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