Before it begins regular service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, passengers holding "golden tickets" got a ride on TEXRail's ceremonial first run.
"Morning everybody! How's everyone doing today," asked conductor, Eric Weaver, at the Main Street Grapevine station as he greeted passengers. "I'm having a great time. I just like being around people, so it's the best job in the world for me."
The $1 billion project spans 27 miles of track across nine train stops in three cities -- from Fort Worth, North Richland Hills and Grapevine to DFW International Airport.
"It's a beautiful train," said Mark Terpening of the Grapevine Convention & Visitors Bureau. "It's going to be here for a long time and do a lot of great things for North Texas."
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"There's not enough concrete to meet the demands of the population growth. We're running out of road space," said Trinity Metro Vice Chairman Jon Michael Franks. "I'm a car lover and always have been, but realistically, we can't keep on the way we've always been."
Passengers on the ceremonial run stopped for a red carpet lunch at the North DFW train station.
Regular service starts Jan. 5. Tickets start at $2.50, but TEXRail is offering free rides through the end of January. You can find more information about TEXRail here.