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Fort Worth, FTA Sign $499 M Grant to Complete TEXRail

The Fort Worth Transportation Authority (FWTA) and FTA signed a $499.39 million Full Funding Grant Agreement in mid-December to complete local and federal funding for the $1.034 billion TEXRail commuter rail project.

Slated to open for service in late 2018, TEXRail is a 27-mile commuter rail line that will extend from downtown Fort Worth to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. The route will have nine stations and is projected to serve 9,000 daily riders by the end of the first year.

“Signing the Full Funding Grant Agreement signifies success for everyone who has worked diligently over the years to make TEXRail a reality,” FWTA President/CEO Paul Ballard said at a special ceremony. “I am grateful to the FTA for their support of this project and especially to FTA Acting Administrator Carolyn Flowers for joining us on this momentous occasion.”

Bob Baulsir, FWTA vice president of rail and procurement, said the TEXRail project is transformative for the region. “The economic development that we already see in Fort Worth and in the nearby communities of Grapevine and North Richland Hills is amazing,” he said. “Transit-oriented development shows that people want to live close to public transportation. For folks like me, who live downtown and travel frequently, they can walk from their homes to the station and be at the airport in less than an hour—and they don’t have to pay to park.”

The TEXRail vehicles, FLIRT 3 (Fast Light Innovative Regional Train), built by Stadler Bussnang AG of Switzerland, will be assembled in Utah as part of the Buy America program. The first car shells are scheduled to arrive in the U.S. by the end of 2016, and the first completed train set will be featured at the 2017 APTA EXPO in Atlanta, Oct. 9-11.
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