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U.S. DOT giving $499 million to build TEX Rail in Fort Worth, Tx.

Staff Writer |
The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced a $499.39 million federal grant agreement with the Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) to build TEX Rail.

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This is a commuter rail line between downtown Fort Worth and the Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport. The project will link three of the region’s major activity centers and provide an alternative to travel on the area’s congested roads.

The 26.8-mile commuter rail line will serve downtown Fort Worth, the City of Grapevine and DFW Airport.

The project also will provide connections to other transportation services in the area, including the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) light rail system, Amtrak, Trinity Railway Express and the FWTA bus system. FWTA estimates that TEX Rail will open in 2018.

Estimated ridership is 9,000 daily transit trips when it opens, rising to 13,700 by 2035.

With the signing of the federal grant agreement, FTA is committing a total of $499.39 million through its Capital Investment Grant (CIG) Program to the $1.034 billion TEX Rail project.

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