Wabtec has secured a contract worth $97m to provide signalling and communication services for the new $1.034bn Tex Rail line, which is being developed by the Fort Worth Transportation Authority in the US. 

The 27-mile, double-track line is expected to open next year. Under the contract, Wabtec will provide wayside signalling, as well as communication services, including a control and command centre, for the Tex rail line.

Wabtec president and CEO Raymond Betler said: “This project demonstrates our capabilities and expertise in wayside signaling and communications, which we believe is an attractive growth market for Wabtec. 

“We already have a strong presence in the Fort Worth region, and we look forward to our role in this important expansion of commuter rail service there.”

"The line will extend to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and is expected to carry more than 13,600 daily riders from nine stations once complete."

Set to begin in downtown Fort Worth, the line will extend to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and is expected to carry more than 13,600 daily riders using nine rail stations once complete.  

In December last year, the US Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) agreed a $499.4m grant to help fund the project.

The project will connect three of the region’s major activity centres and also 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 solution.


Image: TEX Rail is a 26.8-mile commuter rail link between Fort Worth and DFW Airport. Photo: courtesy of US Department of Transportation.