The US Department of Transportation's Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has agreed a $499.4m grant to help fund Fort Worth Transportation Authority’s (FWTA) $1.034bn TEX Rail project.
TEX Rail is a 26.8-mile commuter rail line between downtown Fort Worth and Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport.
Connecting three of the region’s major activity centres, the project 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 solution.
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said: “The Obama Administration is committed to investing in transportation projects like TEX Rail that improve mobility and provide ladders of opportunity for hard-working Americans.
“The TEX Rail project will give thousands of residents convenient access to employment, education, healthcare and other vital services in one of our nation’s most populated metropolitan areas.”
The rail line will serve downtown Fort Worth, the City of Grapevine and DFW Airport and is expected to open in 2018.
Estimated ridership is 9,000 daily transit trips once it opens and is set to increase to 13,700 by 2035.
FTA acting administrator Carolyn Flowers said: “As the population along the TEX Rail corridor continues to increase in the coming years, this commuter rail line will offer residents a much-needed alternative to sitting in traffic.”
The funding for the project is provided by the FTA through its capital investment grant (CIG) programme, which is the nation’s primary grant programme for funding major transit capital investments.
Image: TEX Rail is a 26.8-mile commuter rail link between Fort Worth and Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport. Photo: courtesy of US Department of Transportation.